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Bear Stearns is enhancing its prime brokerage services with the addition of LiquidPoint LLC's electronic trading platform for listed options.

Bear, Stearns Securities Corp. and LiquidPoint have signed a strategic alliance to provide the new platform to Bear Stearns' Global Prime Brokerage clients.

With market volatility and fragmentation, LiquidPoint's sophisticated trading system and technology enhancements are designed to provide greater opportunities for potential price improvement and liquidity enhancement for Bear Stearns' clients and assists options traders in their efforts to obtain the best execution possible.

Commenting on the relationship, Ron Suber, Bear Stearns senior managing director and manager of Global Clearing Sales, said, "As one of the leading prime brokers on Wall Street, we are committed to providing our clients with the most effective combination of technology and service. The LiquidPoint platform offers yet another dimension of functionality to our suite of trading options."

Bear Stearns senior managing director Bennett Egeth added, "The level of sophistication our clients require in proprietary products and strategic solutions has us constantly looking to develop alliances with strong solution providers. We are pleased to expand our product offering to include LiquidPoint."

Anthony Saliba, President of LiquidPoint, added, "In this highly competitive marketplace, we understand that professional traders require a seamless level of integration. LiquidPoint's customized trading platform offers Bear Stearns' clients an ease of accessibility to the information needed to succeed."

Background Note: LiquidPoint operates as a solution provider for all levels of the equity options trading industry, offering a solutions bridge between traditional open-outcry and electronic options exchanges. LiquidPoint provides comprehensive electronic and floor-based execution services on all of the U.S. options exchanges, enhanced by a complete suite of modular, cutting edge applications which, when deployed separately, or in concert with each other, or integrated with the customer's technology, provides a solution for today's option trading requirements.

Bear, Stearns Securities Corp. (BSSC) provides financing, securities lending, clearing and technology solutions for approximately 2,800 clients, including hedge funds, money managers, registered investment advisors, short sellers, arbitrageurs and other professional investors trading at multiple trading firms.

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