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MiFID II Effects On Order Handling and Reporting Requirements Emerge

The specifics of MiFID II compliance have become clearer with new guidance from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and increased understanding of best execution and transparency parts of the regulation among industry professionals. In ESMA’s recent question and answer statement on MiFID II, the authority specified what data must be published and reported...

No Need to Reinvent the Tech Wheel for Key Derivatives Rule, When (Or If) It Comes

By: Steven Strange, Buy-Side Product Manager, Fidessa In late 2015, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission proposed a new rule designed to regulate the use of derivatives by registered investment companies. Rule 18f-4, as it is known, would affect the way derivatives and related assets are included into the portfolios of mutual funds, ETFs, and...

FCA Discusses Progress on MiFID II Policy and Practicalities of Implementation

Details on final requirements and the implementation of Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) will continue to be published over coming months, leading the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to conclude that serious efforts must be made towards achieving compliance on the 3 January 2018 deadline, although perfection is not expected. Stephen Hanks,...

Truphone Provides Solace For Industry BlackBerry Users

The business world, and particularly the financial industry with its stricter security needs to protect trading communications, has not been as quick as consumers to give up on BlackBerry, but has also needed a way to retain SMS text message communications. Last week’s launch by mobile network and mobile recording provider Truphone of its SMS...

Fine Lines Between FCA and EU on MiFID II

By Dan Barnes UK markets regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has issued its consultation on the implementation of MiFID II, with some significant differences to the rules published by the European Commission, particularly for the buy side. The level of surprise these changes hold for firms will typically depend on their size and investment...

Anyone for MiFID III?

By Steve Grob, Director of Group Strategy, Fidessa I was chatting with the Reg folks here at Fidessa Towers yesterday and the spectre of MiFID III came up. Before you all jump off the window ledge, there is no official notion of this yet, but when will the regulators feel that their work really is...

Talking Intelligent Trading with Andrew Delaney: It’s a MAD MAD / MAR MAR World

Here in Canary Wharf, at least, all of the ongoing fuss about Brexit distracted us from a key regulatory milestone: the introduction on July 4 for the EU’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), the real-life incarnation of its earlier foray into financial crime: the Market Abuse Directive (MAD). We could all be forgiven for worrying about...

Sell-Side Tech – With Principles

Banks are building client awareness into their systems to achieve long-term goals and avoid disintermediation Intensified regulatory activity has heightened oversight of trading technology, particularly within the sell-side community. This development has had significant impact on the skills and structures needed in technology teams. “Technology can give firms a competitive advantage but can do so...

A-Team Webinar Discusses Practical Considerations of MiFID II Compliance

The lack of final rules for Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) is holding back implementation, but is only one of many problems faced by firms within the scope of the regulation. Other challenges include the regulation’s requirements in relation to non-equity instruments, particularly bonds, algo and high frequency trading, best execution, transparency,...

CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Takes Tough Stance on Automated Trading Regulation

The Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reconvened this week after a 20 month intermission. On the agenda were regulation of automated trading, swap data standardisation and harmonisation, and the potential of blockchain technology. Timothy Massad, chairman of the TAC, opened discussion on the Commission’s proposed rule to address...