What Does Buy-Side Mean (in Finance)? - TheStreet Definition

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The buy side comprises all the money management firms -- mutual funds, pension funds, hedge funds, etc. -- which profit from buying and selling stocks. The buy side firms have their own stock and sector analysts, too, but they are far less public. They don't publish reports or put out buy and sell recommendations. They simply do research for the portfolio managers within their firms.

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