Commentary

David Weisberger

A Look at H.R. 1216 - The "Maker Taker Conflict of Interest REFORM Act"

While a pilot program focused on the most liquid stocks is not a bad idea, guest commentator David Weisberger said the notion of price controls as a singular solution, is.

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The SEC voted to require HFTs to register with Finra. Will this mandatory registration improve market oversight?



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Former Direct Access Partners Execs Sentenced in Bribery Scheme

Two former top executives with institutional brokerage Direct Access Partners, a firm that shut down in December of 2013 after its clearing firm, Goldman Sachs, stopped clearing its trades, have opted to plead guilty for indiscretions regarding its bond trading business.

Allston Said to Face CFTC Investigation for Alleged Manipulation

High-frequency trading firm Allston Trading LLC is under investigation by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for alleged market manipulation, according to a person familiar with the matter.

SEC Approves Less-Regulated Mini-IPOs Cheered by Hambrecht

U.S. regulators opened a new path recently for small companies to raise money in a less-regulated, mini public offerings.

Articles

Demystifying Dodd-Frank

Commissioner Scott O'Malia of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is on a mission. He says the process of writing new over-the-counter derivative contract rules needs more transparency. Over the past year he has repeatedly called for more roundtables and public comment on how rules are written. Why is this important? Because these rules, among other things, will determine which OTC derivative contracts must go through a clearing process and which ones can continue to use the old bilateral, dealer-to-dealer model.

In the CARDS

FINRA's use of broker data to protect investors is under attack: Are they protecting investors or covering for bad brokers?

Structural Changes in Canada

More change is coming to the equity trading markets of the Great White North.

SEC Approves BATS Merger

It's all but official now - BATS Global Markets and Direct Edge Holdings will become a unified company.

Buyside Welcomes FINRA Query

Institutional investors welcome the equities market regulator's probe on broker-dealer order routing methodology.

Beware of New Rules

Understanding the likely form of new rules-like Regulation SCI - is essential for traders and investment firms so they can prepare for their inevitable implementation.

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