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Go West, Old Exchange!

Following the EU’s block of the London Stock Exchange merger with Deutsche Boerse, LSE could consider North American suitors with lower regulatory hurdles By: Jim Northey, Principal Services Consultant, Itiviti Coming as no surprise on the same day as the letter invoking Article 50 to separate the UK from the European Union, the EU on...

Exegy Adds IEX Data as its First Direct Source

Market data managed services and technology provider Exegy has taken a step to be a direct source of some US National Market System (NMS) data itself, with an announcement of the addition of IEX (The Investors Exchange) data to its X-Port market data vending service. “We are offering a more complete direct feed for the...

ESMA Raises Alarm About Systematic Internalisers

The European Securities and Markets Authority’s chair, Steven Maijoor, has raised an issue concerning the use of systematic internalisers (SIs) to circumvent MiFID II rules, writing to European Commission director general Olivier Guersent earlier this month. In a letter dated February 1 and released to the public on February 14, Maijoor wrote that market participants...

As New Regulation Arrives, Europe Can Expect More Trading Venues

  Experts on the European execution venue landscape are split on whether the future of that landscape is consolidation or fragmentation, as they expressed in a panel discussion on the topic at the Intelligent Trading Summit in London on 2nd February. Multi-lateral trading facility (MTF) activity has increased, according to Will Winzor-Saile, an execution architecture...

Proving Best Execution Depends On Collecting More Data

The best way to accomplish all the aspects of ensuring best execution of trades in a manner compliant with Europe’s MiFID II regulation taking effect next year is by gathering all data, market history and relevant information in one place, says Dermot Harriss, senior vice president at OneMarketData, who spoke in a January 26 webinar,...

ISDA Variation Margin Protocol Deadline Nears

Smaller asset managers and funds may have a harder time than their larger counterparts with preparing to follow a variation margin protocol that takes effect on March 1, according to an attorney specializing in derivatives markets standards. The protocol issued by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in August 2016 sets rules for contract...

TP ICAP Reorganization Keeps Voice Broking With Parent Company

London-based trade execution and risk management services provider NEX Group has com-pleted the sale of its global hybrid voice broking and information business to its parent company TP ICAP. NEX Group is the newly rebranded ICAP electronic markets and post-trade, risk and information business. ICAP shares began trading as NEX Group shares on December 15....

Bloomberg Tradebook Launches Customizable Algorithm

Bloomberg Tradebook, the global agency brokerage business, has launched a Relative Benchmark Trading Algorithm on its PAIR cross-asset trading platform. The added algorithm gives Tradebook users the ability to customize how they trade securities relative to benchmarks they choose, according to Michael Baradas, cross-asset product manager at Bloomberg Tradebook. “Active investors are trying to find...

US Regulation Experts: Blockchain Could Require Exchange Registration

Could using blockchain require registration with US regulators as a broker or exchange? That’s the caution sounded in a discussion of the legal and regulatory challenges for banks using new financial technology hosted by Polsinelli, a law firm with offices in 20 US cities, at its New York office on December 8. The US Securities...

Smart Contracts Show Potential; Progress Limited So Far

Experts on the deployment of blockchain technology to handle smart contracts, which facilitate trust between parties in a transaction, are disagreeing about how much blockchain is being applied to smart contracts so far. The battle was joined in a panel discussion at the Blockchain for Wall Street conference hosted by the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance...