FlexAdvantage Blog

26
Jul

Fixed Income Trading Protocols: Going with the Flow

As the SEC turns to examine market structure issues in the bond markets, it comes at a time when there has been a flurry of new electronic trading venues entering with a range of protocols. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

25
Apr

Order Protection Rule Tug-of-War

by Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director There is still uncertainty around the fate of the Order Protection Rule, a key rule governing U.S. stock trading that has led to more complexity, speed and order types, but also protects retail investors from receiving inferior prices on their orders. Also known as the trade-through rule, Rule 611 has …

15
Feb

Is the Maker-Taker Pilot DOA?

After more than a decade of debate, regulators are poised to act on a pilot for maker-or-taker pricing, a practice whereby market makers are paid a rebate to add liquidity and are charged a fee to remove liquidity by electronic trading venues. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

21
Nov

Equity Trading Update: Relationships, Liquidity and IOIs

With stricter regulations, capital constraints and technology costs impacting the sell side, large brokers are rationing their services and this trend is being felt on equity trading desks. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

25
Oct

Smart New Rules for Smart Order Routing?

Disclosure is the rage in financial markets regulation and the latest set of proposals relate to order handling rules. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines further.

21
Mar

A Tale of Two Pilots: Maker-Taker and the Tick Pilot

Senators conducting a hearing on U.S. equity market structure earlier this month vented their frustrations at the slow pace of regulatory change in equity market structure reforms. At the March 3 hearing, lawmakers repeatedly cited delays in developing the consolidated audit trail, or CAT system, for market-wide surveillance, questioning to what extent progress has been made.

26
Jan

The SEC’s ATS Transparency Rules: What’s the Impact?

The SEC’s new proposed rules on transparency in alternative trading systems are going to shine a light on the operations of dark pools, ensuring fair access to information for all market participants.

21
Jul

Tick Pilot – The Road Forward

            By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director Trading in securities of some small cap companies will change next May when the industry is scheduled to implement the tick-size pilot widening spreads for more than 1,000 stocks. But like Y2K, Reg NMS and other regulatory projects, the technology changes are not trivial ...