Confusion reigns over FTT

I had the pleasure of attending the Sixth Erasmus Liquidity Conference in Rotterdam earlier this week. As well as presenting the first Fidessa Doctoral Student Award for outstanding research to Rémy Praz, I also participated in some very interesting discussions between regulators, academics and practitioners. In one of the sessions the EU’s Financial Transaction Tax and its impact on electronic trading was hotly debated. Reference was made to a controversial document by... Read More

How are your negotiating skills?

As well as enjoying the calm remains of the sunshine before the storm of the MiFID II regulatory debate returns in September, it’s time to sharpen up those pencils ready for a new term. Over the next few months the draft directive and regulation that have been with us for nigh on two years are expected (finally) to evolve to become the new reality. One particularly worrisome area still to be ironed out is the proposed narrowing of scope of the pre-trade transparency waivers.... Read More

We’re all in this together

It’s not only in the West that the endless waves of regulation coming our way are keeping CEOs awake at night! Regulatory reforms are hitting the financial industry on a global scale. A group of leading industry participants based in Asia-Pacific recently shared their candid views with some of my colleagues at a gathering in Hong Kong. You can download a copy of that discussion here.  Read More

Regulatory front-running

Front-running is regarded as a form of market abuse and is banned accordingly. Although it is widely accepted that MiFID II will implement new regulation on algorithmic and high-frequency trading, that doesn’t seem to have stopped the law makers indulging in a little ‘front-running’ of their own. First, Germany passed its HFT Act ahead of schedule and now France seems to be jumping the gun too with this week’s updates to the French banking law. A lot of... Read More

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