Algorithmic Trading

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Was that trader really 'spoofing'? Focus on the statute’s words, not the regulator’s claims

Can trading pursuant to an algorithmic program properly be found to constitute “spoofing” in violation of CEA Section 4c(a)(5)(C): What constitutes “the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution”? ...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.15.16

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation—a nonprofit that represents execs from many of the US’s largest banks—will release a paper today arguing that the Fed illegally sidestepped the APA by adopting “central parts of its...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.25.16

US regulators are “ramping up oversight” of Swift—the financial messaging system used throughout global finance that’s been a key conduit for hackers in recent attacks of Bangladeshi and Ecuadorian banks....more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - August 2016

The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and expanded reporting,...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

CFTC Holds Roundtable to Consider Proposed Regulation AT

On June 10, 2016, Staff for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) held a public roundtable to discuss its proposed Regulation Automated Trading (“Regulation AT”). The CFTC proposed Regulation AT in an attempt to...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 23

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Adopts Amendment to Form 10-K Permitting the Summary of Business and Financial Information - On June 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an interim final rule (Rule), as mandated...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.13.16

Hedge fund managers—not that long ago the titans of Wall Street, thanks in part to their “2 and 20 model” that saw them receiving fees of 2% of assets under management and 20% of any gain in any year—are reeling from the loss...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #2

CFTC Hosts Regulation AT Roundtable; Chairman Implies Risk Rules Sufficient for 2016: Staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sponsored a roundtable on proposed Regulation Automated Trading last Friday. The...more

Between Bridges (June 1, 2016): CFTC to Hold Public Roundtable Regarding Regulation AT; Five Topics To Be Discussed Including Who...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced last week that staff will host a public roundtable to discuss five aspects of Regulation Automated Trading, initially proposed in November 2015....more

EU Legislation Amends Technical Standards for Ratio of Unexecuted Orders to Transactions

A Commission Delegated Regulation, outlining the Regulatory Technical Standards on ratios of unexecuted orders to transactions, was adopted by the European Commission. The adopted RTS will supplement the requirements set out...more

Registration of Associated Persons with Algorithmic Trading Responsibilities

On April 7, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (“FINRA”) proposal to amend NASD Rule 1032 (Categories of Representative Registration) to require...more

The SEC Approves a FINRA Rule Amendment Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading...

On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to NASD Rule 1032(f) which will require registration as Securities Traders of associated persons who are primarily responsible for the design,...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #4

Alleged Spoofer, Blamed for Partly Causing Flash Crash, Loses UK Extradition Hearing - Navinder Sarao, the London-based futures trader who in April 2015 was sued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and criminally...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #3

Industry Comments to Regulation AT Argue CFTC Proposed Rules Too Prescriptive; Registration and Source Code Requirements Particularly Objectionable - After declining multiple requests to extend the comment period that...more

REGULATORS, QUANT UP! New Rules from FINRA, SEC and CFTC Target Automated Algorithmic Trading

On February 11, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) filed a proposed rule with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that would require individuals who “design, develop or significantly modify...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.23.16

It’s a whole new ballgame for Wall Street traders—and one suspects it’s involving a lot fewer actual ballgames and a lot more algorithms, as the advanced-degree coders and their ETF firms take on the old guard – NYTimes...more

FINRA Files Proposed Rule Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a proposed rule change that would require the registration of associated persons of FINRA member firms who are...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.16.16

2015 was not exactly the year of the hedge fund, and 2016’s starting off with its worst start for the industry since 2008. But if you think that’s keeping managers from starting new portfolios with an eye toward hitting it...more

SEC Adopts Rules on Non-US Firms That “Arrange, Negotiate, or Execute” Security-Based Swaps in the US

On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules that will affect firms operating in the global security-based swap market. Specifically, the SEC is requiring non-US firms that arrange, negotiate, or...more

New Year: New Regulatory Developments Affecting Managers of Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds

Regulators were busy at the end of 2015, especially in the United States, perhaps being motivated to push forward new rule proposals in anticipation of a change in administration after the presidential elections later this...more

"CFTC Proposes Regulation AT for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed new rules — Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT) — that would impose new and potentially burdensome risk and compliance controls on any person engaged in...more

CFTC Proposes Regulation of Automated Trading

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved the issuance of proposed rules to implement a framework of registration, reporting, recordkeeping and other compliance requirements for market...more

SEC Proposes Significant Regulatory Changes for Alternative Trading Systems

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) proposed significant changes to the regulatory requirements applicable to dark pools and other alternative trading systems (“ATSs”) that...more

CFTC Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT)

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) held an open meeting at which it unanimously approved its long-anticipated notice of proposed rules referred to as Regulation Automated Trading...more

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