Bottlenecks ahead

ESMA issued a public statement yesterday recognising that there is just not enough time to review all the pre-trade transparency waivers and position limits before MiFID II comes into force on 3rd January. Rather than create an impasse they have, thankfully, opted for a pragmatic approach to get things moving along. To smooth the path, in the absence of an ESMA opinion, the national competent authorities (NCAs) can proceed for now based on their own assessment. Interesting, I... Read More

A position of responsibility

As the MiFID II implementation date draws closer, implications for US firms continue to emerge. One area raising questions in the listed derivatives space is around position reporting and commodity position limits. Under MiFID II, EU investment firms are required to submit position reports to the regulators. Position limits under MiFID II are applicable to a “person” which is, presumably, the end client. However, in a recent Q & A that discussed position reporting,... Read More

Make room for some blocks

Block trading is unique as it enjoys rare bi-partisan support by practitioners and politicians alike. Unfortunately, relatively few people know how to navigate among block venues, due to their inherent opacity. To make matters worse, even fewer market participants command orders exceeding the Large in Scale (LIS) thresholds and decide to execute them in one go rather than put them through the algo-grinder churning out thousands of tiny trades. With MiFID II, block trading is... Read More

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