Compliance Advice on SEC’s Market Access Rule from Julie Dixon of Titan Regulation

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SEC Rule 15c3-5 (“Market Access Rule”), finalized in November 2010, is the commission’s response to the May 6, 2010 “flash crash” in which the U.S. equity market plunged nearly ten percent in a matter of minutes, then quickly rebounded. Compliance with the rule, which places risk management controls on any broker-dealer that offers direct trading access, has been required since November 2011, yet firms still have lingering questions about the adequacy of their self-policing programs. Julie Dixon, managing principal at Titan See more +
SEC Rule 15c3-5 (“Market Access Rule”), finalized in November 2010, is the commission’s response to the May 6, 2010 “flash crash” in which the U.S. equity market plunged nearly ten percent in a matter of minutes, then quickly rebounded. Compliance with the rule, which places risk management controls on any broker-dealer that offers direct trading access, has been required since November 2011, yet firms still have lingering questions about the adequacy of their self-policing programs. Julie Dixon, managing principal at Titan Regulation, discusses the origins of the Market Access Rule and how it affects buy side firms and their trading activity. She also offers advice on how hedge funds and broker-dealers can be sure their programs are compliant, and what a firm may expect during a regulatory audit of its risk systems. See less -

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