Weighing up best-ex and best innovation

Competition amongst exchanges was a defining theme in MiFID I, but when it comes to best execution and trading venue fee structures, MiFID II might reverse some of that. MiFID II acknowledges that exchanges compete on fee structures and even establishes some basic rules (see RTS 10). But by tightening the bolts on best execution obligations, the new regulations can present conflicting interests. To be more precise, as part of best execution for investment firms, MiFID II Article... Read More

Golden aspirations

To achieve MiFID II’s aim of greater transparency, having a proper golden source of instrument data is key for every market participant. Fortunately, under the new rules, ESMA is required to publish a list of all financial instruments traded on all trading venues and systematic internalisers, enriched with useful, related information such as MiFIR transparency and liquidity thresholds. ESMA is always keen to point out that this should not be seen as the golden source. The... Read More

The clock’s ticking on MiFID’s extra time

As we edge ever-closer to January 2018, the finer details of MiFID II are yet to fully surface, particularly with regard to RTS 22 and the rules around transaction reporting – undeniably one of the larger pieces of the new regulation. There is still much work to do when it comes to finalising the detailed requirements and the Level 2 RTS are still not published in the Official Journal. While the next round of consultations and Q&A is starting to emerge from ESMA, signalling... Read More

ESMA sheds light on dark trading caps

ESMA today published its first Q&A on MiFIR transparency topics which focuses on the double volume caps (DVCs) in equity markets and clarifies how markets can transition to the new DVC regime. The document outlines how to calculate the market share of non-transparent trading for instruments only coming in scope under MiFID II (think ETFs, for example). ESMA will make the assumption that these instruments are not traded in the dark at all prior to January 2018, and will gradually... Read More

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