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Anne Plested
Traders Magazine Online News

Bottlenecks Ahead

Anne Plested, head of Fidessa's EU Regulation Change programme, has written a short blog arguing that although we should be thankful that ESMA have taken a pragmatic approach to moving things along, more bottlenecks could appear in the future.

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May 26, 2005

Is it Good News for Nasdaq?

By Gregory Bresiger

The Reg NMS trade-through rule extension was a "non-event." It may help electronic trading firms that are interested in obtaining more Big Board listed business. That's what several trading executives privately told Traders Magazine.

The trading executives, conceding that the ideal would have been the abolition of the rule, said the next best result was applying the rule to all markets. Joe Gawronski, chief operating officer for New York Stock Exchange floor broker Rosenblatt Securities, said the controversial decision was moot for electronic competitors of the NYSE. That's because they already have smart order routing. And he adds that the NYSE, in the course of defending the rule, was forced to commit to a hybrid system. That model will give electronic players a better chance to compete. The Big Board, however, dramatically undercut potential competition when it announced its merger with Archipelago Holdings.