The regulatory response to automated trading is stepping up with various initiatives globally to limit the propensity for errant technology to cause market instability. Such initiatives include tightening up controls over algorithms via more frequent and robust testing, regulatory authorisation and oversight, curbs on unfiltered electronic access to markets (such as by banning “naked” sponsored access), and more sophisticated circuit breakers to halt excessive trading volatility.
The European Commission has published key legislation aimed at enhancing the protection of retail investors, including the Packaged Retail Investment Products (PRIPs) regulation. Agnes Le Thiec, CFA, examines how the PRIPs regulation would benefit investors.
BATS Global Markets recently pulled the plug on its IPO after a computer malfunction caused a mini “flash crash.” Such technological glitches are not new, but they are becoming increasingly common. Rhodri Preece, CFA, examines the lessons we can learn from these events.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) recently closed its consultation on the Australian equity market structure. The Commission is now considering how best to tackle a range of market structure issues, such as algorithmic and high-frequency trading (HFT), dark pools, price transparency, and liquidity fragmentation.
That’s seemingly the thrust of the NYSE’s plans to establish a “retail liquidity program.” Frustrated with its loss of market share to broker/dealer internalizers and other non-displayed trading centers, the exchange seems to want to play the internalization game… READ MORE ›
Recently, the European Commission commenced its overhaul of securities markets regulation with the publication of the eagerly-awaited revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, dubbed “MiFID 2”. Nearly a year in the making, the legislative package puts transparency at… READ MORE ›
In recent weeks, Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published their regulatory approach to dark liquidity (a.k.a. non-displayed orders) in Canadian equity markets. The announcement came off the back of an earlier… READ MORE ›
High-frequency trading has been back in the news and amongst the thoughts of policymakers over the past weeks, with the publication of a speech by Bank of England Executive Director Andrew Haldane on the ‘Race to Zero’… READ MORE ›
Traditional exchange markets in Europe have been buffeted in recent years by regulatory changes and new advances in trading technology. Market fragmentation has been the result, in which trading concentrated on traditional exchanges has given way to a new… READ MORE ›
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