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On September 19, Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. of the Securities and Exchange Commission gave a speech related to the state of the SEC’s regulation of the nation’s 13 stock exchanges in light of the transition of the exchanges from not-for-profit entities to for-profit corporations, with both regulatory and profit-seeking mandates, about a decade ago. Commissioner Jackson opined that “in for-profit hands, SEC oversight for not-for-profit exchanges can be dangerous” and asserted that the stock…
On September 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule proposal filed by Cboe Exchange, Inc. (CBOE) related to the registration categories and qualification examinations required for Trading Permit Holders and associated persons that engage in trading activities on CBOE (Proposal). In light of FINRA’s adoption of the Securities Industry Essentials Examination (SIE), which is a general knowledge examination that all new representative-level applicants will need to take as of October 1 (Implementation Date),…
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that its Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a meeting on Friday, October 5. The meeting will be held in the Conference Center at the CFTC’s Washington, DC headquarters from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm ET. Representatives of several TAC subcommittees, including the Automated and Modern Trading Markets; Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure; Virtual Currencies; and Cyber Security subcommittees, are expected to make presentations. The committee…
On September 19, the UK’s House of Commons Treasury Committee (Treasury Committee) published a report on its inquiry into crypto-assets, launched in February 2018. The report is an update of what was provided on its website in May 2018 (for further details, see the May 25, 2018 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest). Key findings and conclusions in the Treasury Committee’s report include the following:…
On September 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the early expiration of its Tick Size Pilot Program. Under the program, the minimum quoting and trading increments (tick sizes) for stocks of certain smaller companies was widened. The program was intended to expire on October 2. However, due to concerns relating to a mid-week shifting in quoting and trading requirements and in response to several requests, the SEC issued exemptions to exchanges and to the…
On September 12, the National Futures Association issued Notice I-18-15, announcing that the amendments to NFA’s Interpretive Notice entitled NFA Compliance Rule 2-30(b): Risk Disclosure Statement for Security Futures Contracts (Interpretive Notice) will become effective on October 12.…
On September 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued Release 7784-18, announcing that the CFTC and the Monetary Authority of Singapore signed the Cooperation Arrangement on Financial Technology Innovation (FinTech Arrangement) on September 13. The FinTech Arrangement supports both authorities’ efforts to facilitate FinTech development and innovation in their respective markets by focusing on information sharing on FinTech market trends and developments. This includes sharing insights derived from each authority’s relevant FinTech sandbox, proofs of…
On September 10, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released a video focused on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR). The video emphasizes the importance of clarity of responsibilities and maintaining high standards under the SM&CR. For further details on the SM&CR, see the July 28, 2017 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. The FCA’s video can be viewed here.…
On September 14, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement and direction clarifying how a market operator based in the European Economic Area (EEA) may make an application to become a recognized overseas investment exchange (ROIE), following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit).…
On September 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The DVC public register was last updated in July (for further details, see the July 13 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest). ESMA has identified a total of 142 new breaches. Instruments in breach of the caps will be…