Revised SEC Rule 606 Shines a Light on Order Routing Disclosures

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Ivy Schmerken FlexTrade Systems – “Currently, an OMS has the primary level information, and gets the last market where the order was executed, including whether it added or removed liquidity, and it can calculate execution costs based on known fees, explained Chu. “But, if those algo providers routed the order to another venue or exchange, and that gets routed out further, we don’t have that secondary or third-level or fourth-level of information today,” said Chu. “There’s no structure to get that information today,” he said.

Gathering the information on these downstream orders has been a challenge, especially if brokers utilize more than one OMS or have an EMS, said Chu.

“If our clients use us solely for their trading, we have all the data in the OMS, so we would provide the data over to the 606 [data] vendor,” said Chu. “When some clients use another OMS or EMS, we have no visibility.” “

SIX’s Bid to Acquire BME will Ultimately Prevail, Creating a New Pan-European Exchange

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David Tabaka – Burton-Taylor International Consulting “A combination of the two exchange operators would reach Pro Forma 2019 revenues totaling $1.2 billion, with the largest revenue impact in the Trading, Clearing & Settlement segment, increasing SIX’s existing revenues by more than 35% as it brings equity, fixed income, and derivatives trading revenue to the combined entity. The deal would also further bolster SIX’s information services efforts that include data sold by SIX’s Securities & Exchanges unit as well as data, indices and other services from SIX’s Financial Information unit. The acquisition would give SIX a new data footprint in the EU, and significantly expand its ability to offer Spanish datasets and index products.”

Outsourced Trading Goes Viral

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Michael Mollemans TABB Group – “Beyond the basic features of outsourced trading services, many firms try to differentiate themselves by emphasizing services such as technology and analytics, access to a wide broker network, regulatory reporting, flat monthly fee pricing options, prime brokerage services, and more. While the firms that have been providing outsourced trading services for many years argue that they benefit from experience, newer entrants in the space say they gain from leapfrog effects in trading and process technology”

1867: First stock ticker debuts

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On November 15, 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which has been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.

The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape later used in ticker-tape parades). The ticker, which caught on quickly with investors, got its name from the sound its type wheel made.

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Inside Outsourced Trading: The Buy-Side Perspective

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Michael Mollemans – “Further, the typical workflow, duties and responsibilities of buy-side traders are quite different from sell-side traders. Outsourced traders are mandated to be an extension of the buy-side firm and so buy-side trading experience can be very helpful. In fact, buy-side firms often insist that their outsourced trader have buy-side experience so that they understand the unique responsibilities of the role, and this is among the service offerings most valued by managers (see Exhibits 1 and 2, below). Outsourced trading firms understand this point and often hire only traders with buy-side experience.”

Greater Flexibility in Acquiring Research Encourages CSAs

https://tabbforum.com/opinions/sec-extends-no-action-relief-on-mifid-ii-greater-flexibility-in-acquiring-research-encourages-csas/

Christopher Tiscornia – “As we move forward, U.S. asset managers need to implement best practices to promote greater transparency and support the spirit of MiFID II and its unbundling requirements. These practices include:

  • Having a thorough, defensible process around research valuation and consumption.
  • Unbundling the trade execution decision from the research decision via the use of CSAs.
  • Providing transparent reporting of research funding, consumption, and value to asset owners and regulators.
  • Ensuring that the interests of managers and asset owners are aligned. Managers need to articulate how their research spending patterns, approaches to investing, and enhanced reporting processes are consistent with asset owners’ expectations.”