Financial Regulatory Forum

Book by high-profile author Lewis may spur high-frequency-trading reform push, success unclear

By Emmanuel Olaoye, Compliance Complete

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Apr. 2, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - During a clip on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” program, host Steve Kroft asked bestselling author Michael Lewis why he was so opposed to high frequency trading.

“If it wasn’t so complicated, it would be illegal,” said Lewis, who is the author of a new book called “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.”  (more…)

Europe exchanges’ pre-trade safety seen at risk

By Jane Baird

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – The safety systems of Europe’s stock exchanges are at risk of being eroded by market pressures and experts say regulators need to act to head off a computer-driven tailspin like the one that hit U.S. stocks on Thursday.

Europe’s big exchanges are still less vulnerable than their U.S counterparts to error-induced convulsions similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s nearly 700 point drop in 10 minutes, but a race for speed is pressuring them to weaken their safety controls

“European exchanges are being forced by commercial pressures to slim down their platforms and show faster and faster trade times, which means they are at risk of eventually cutting off their circuit-breakers. Meanwhile, there are no regulatory counter-measures to pre-empt it” said Frederic Ponzo, a managing partner at Greyspark Partners.

BREAKINGVIEWS-Market turmoil recalls 1987′s electric nightmare

– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

By Nicholas Paisner

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The cancellation of share trades by a stock exchange has a third-world feel about it. But Thursday’s unfeasibly large swings in some U.S. stocks prompted NASDAQ to annul trades printed at seemingly silly prices. In one of the most frenzied sessions in living memory the equity market fell victim to a combination of fear, human error and — above all — technical malfunction.


Goldman Sachs tells U.S. SEC “dark pools” help investors

Oct 27 (Reuters) – Anonymous trading venues known as “dark pools” are a technological evolution that have benefitted both institutional and retail trading by bringing down transaction costs, Goldman Sachs Group Inc said in a memo to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


US SEC seeks to curb “naked access,” expose fast trades

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2009.  (File Photo)  REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS)  By Elinor Comlay
NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The top U.S. securities regulator said she was looking for ways to crack down on “naked access,” the practice of brokers giving high-frequency traders unfettered access to public markets.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro said on Tuesday that she had concerns with sponsored naked access, where brokerages that have been approved to trade on an exchange rent their access to clients who are able to shave milliseconds from the time it takes to access the markets.


British regulator launches equities review, dark pools a focus – report

LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched a wide-ranging review of UK equity markets, covering aspects such as high-frequency trading and so-called “dark pools,” the Financial Times reported. (more…)

U.S. bill would restrict OTC derivatives holdings

USA/ By Charles Abbott and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – U.S. financial regulators would gain the power to restrict holdings of over-the-counter derivatives under legislation to be crafted in the coming months, the chairmen of two House of Representatives committees said on Thursday.


Two US House chairmen back mandatory OTC clearing in derivatives reform goals

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Over-the-counter derivatives should go through central clearing and trade on regulated exchanges as much as possible, according to a paper prepared for release by the chairmen of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services and Agriculture committees. The paper, obtained by Reuters, is to be unveiled Thursday and is intended as a guide for legislation to be written after Congress returns from its August recess.

Major points in the paper are:

Sen. Schumer warns U.S. SEC on “flash” stock orders

By Jonathan Spicer

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer warned a top regulator on Friday that if she does not ban so-called “flashes” — orders that stock exchanges send to a select group of traders before revealing them to the wider market — he will introduce legislation that does. (more…)