Algorithmic Trading

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US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Proposals to Automated Trading Regulations

The CFTC approved the issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking to enhance the CFTC’s previous notice of proposed rulemaking for automated trading regulation, which proposed a series of risk controls, transparency...more

"CFTC Revises the Regulation AT Proposal for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an amendment to the Regulation AT framework it originally proposed in December 2015 for automated trading on U.S. derivatives exchanges. Addressing the issues raised in the...more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal to Regulation Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a supplemental proposal on automated trading November 4, 2016, that revises a number of the regulations proposed by the Commission in its initial proposal. The Supplemental...more

CFTC Proposes New Rule Allowing it to Obtain Trading Firm’s Trade Secrets Without Due Process

As the Obama administration winds down, its regulators are showing no signs of letting up. Last week the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) decided that it should no longer be constrained by its subpoena power...more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal to Regulation AT

On November 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved for publication in the Federal Register a supplemental proposal (the "Supplemental Proposal") to Regulation Automated Trading ("Regulation AT"). The...more

CFTC Revises Proposed Reg AT

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) on November 3, 2016, proposed revisions (the Supplemental Proposal) to proposed Regulation Automated Trading (Reg AT). Reg AT, if adopted, will broadly affect...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016

Proposed Regulation AT Amended by CFTC; Attempts to Reduce Universe of Most Affected to No More Than 120 Persons - On Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking...more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal for Proposed Regulation AT

On November 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) approved, by a 2 – 1 vote, a supplemental proposal (“Reg AT Supplemental Proposal”) that amends a 2015 proposed rule related to...more

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

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