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Best Execution: Putting your Worst Foot Forward?

By Justin Lyon, Founder and CEO of Simudyne. Increased regulatory pressure has raised the bar for both sell-side brokers and investment managers. In Europe, MiFID II increased responsibility on sell-side firms, with the directive ratcheting up the prevention, detection and containment of algorithms that might behave in an unintended manner and contribute to disorderly trading…

SS&C Adds S3 Transaction Cost Analysis and SEC Rule 606 Regulatory Reporting Services

SS&C Technologies is adding S3’s total cost analysis (TCA) and SEC Rule 606 reporting products to its solutions line up. The addition of S3 services – S3 is a provider of trade surveillance, analytics and regulatory reporting technology – will help SS&C clients ensure best execution of trading transactions through trade surveillance, analytics and full…

Recorded Webinar: Moving the trading technology stack to the cloud

Migration of financial apps and data to the cloud is well underway as financial institutions take the opportunity to cut the cost of running systems on premise, scale as and when required, and spin up test environments quickly and inexpensively. Moving the trading technology stack to the cloud is a different and more difficult proposition….

London Stock Exchange Rejects $37 Billion Acquisition Bid from Hong Kong Exchange

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has rejected the $37 billion conditional acquisition proposal made by Hong King Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) to acquire the entire share capital of the London exchange last week saying it has ‘fundamental concerns about the key aspects of the conditional proposal’. These include the strategy, deliverability, form of consideration…

Responses Split on ESMA Consultation Paper on a Consolidated Tape and Market Data

Responses to the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA’s) July consultation paper on the establishment of a consolidated tape (CT) for equity instruments are starting to surface, and the views they express diverge greatly. While some industry participants are very much in favour of a CT, others are strongly against the idea. The road to…

Hong Kong Exchange $37 Billion Bid for London Stock Exchange Scuppers Latter’s Merger Plan with Refinitiv

The Hong Kong Exchange’s $37 bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE) came out of the blue this morning, but has since rattled cages and raised questions about the LSE’s proposed $27 billion merger with Refinitiv, whether a deal of this sort would be acceptable to regulators, and how LSE shareholders will react to the…

CISI Selects Bloomberg Buy-side Solutions

China Industrial Securities International Financial Group (CISI), a full-service financial group listed in Hong Kong, has adopted a broad range of Bloomberg’s buy-side solutions including its buy-side order management system, transaction cost analysis, liquidity assessment and Bloomberg Vault. These solutions will enable the group to navigate a fast-evolving global regulatory environment as it positions for…

SEC Releases Long-Awaited Guidance for Rule 606 on Broker Disclosures – But is it Enough?

Rule 606, updated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last year to require additional disclosures by broker-dealers to customers regarding the handling of their orders, has caused headaches for the sell-side since it was first proposed – largely due to the complexity of the original 334-page mandate. With the postponed October 1, 2019 deadline…

Addressing the Data Issues of Best Execution Under MiFID II and Other Global Regulations

By Peter Lawrey, CEO at Chronicle Software. Regulated trading systems need to record the reasons behind every decision they make with minimal impact on performance. Chronicle Software has worked with investment banks and hedge funds to deliver trading services with a record everything model and low microsecond latencies. Today’s more stringent regulatory environment is placing…

ESMA Ratchets Up Pressure on Financial Markets to Develop a Consolidated Tape

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is ratcheting up pressure on the EU’s financial services industry to develop a consolidated tape (CT) solution for equity instruments. The regulator sets out its views in a consultation paper that was published in mid-July and also reviews the cost of market data. The paper is the outcome…