In The Media

  • Block trades accounted for more than half of dark trading last week as the industry continues to adopt block trading in the wake of MiFID II.

    Statistics from Fidessa revealed that block trades accounted for a record 51.9% of dark trading for the week ending 18 May, compared to just 16.06% in the same week last year.

    Block trading volumes increased significantly following the introduction of MiFID II’s double volume caps (DVCs) on 12 March this year, as the regulation looked to shift dark trading towards on-exchange or lit order books.

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  • This year’s ranking comes at an interesting time for the market: While U.S. equity prices continue to soar, a return of volatility has resulted in shakier ground for investing. As of midday on Tuesday, the volatility index had increased by roughly 21 percent year-over-year, from 12.04 to 14.66. The 2018 All-America Trading Team was decided by over 350 buy-side traders and other investment professionals at asset management firms investing in U.S. equities. Institutional Investor asked these pros to rank the best firms at trading and execution services across three main categories: electronic trading, high touch trading, and portfolio trading.

    In electronic trading, firms were judged on access to large electronic blocks of liquidity, customized trading algorithms and support, pre- and post-trade cost analysis and execution consulting, among other attributes. In this category, ITG placed second after Morgan Stanley, and BofA Merrill Lynch came in third.

    ITG’s chief executive officer, Frank Troise, said his independent trading firm is eyeing a larger market share in the wake of European regulation requiring separate payments for research and execution.

    “Our goal is delivering unmatched client service and best-in-class products in our four key offerings: execution, liquidity, analytics, and workflow technology,” Troise said via email. “We are well-positioned to capitalize on the increased global focus on best execution and performance measurement, particularly as more institutional investors unbundle execution from research and seek liquidity via innovative technology solutions.”

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  • China’s stock market will finally join MSCI Inc.’s global indexes on June 1, but there are still some sticking points that worry brokers and could cause a trading upset.

    Among the concerns are the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s lack of a closing auction — which index-tracking funds often use to get the day’s final price — and whether brokers have sufficient capacity with Hong Kong’s bourse to be able to send what could be as much as $40 billion worth of orders north, according to traders in the city.

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  • The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published the latest set of data on the MiFID II dark pool double volume caps (DVC).

    In addition to 744 instruments in January and 643 in February that hit either the 4% or 8% threshold, ESMA has detailed a further 58 equities breaching the 8% cap and 10 equities in breach of the 4% cap for the period between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

    Trading under the waivers for all new instruments in breach of the DVC thresholds will be suspended from 14 May to 14 November 2018.

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  • NEW YORK (Reuters) – A recent move by U.S. securities regulators demanding stock exchanges do a better job justifying price changes for public market data feeds could lead to more transparency around data costs, the head of one of the world’s largest trading firms said on Friday.

    Wall Street firms and industry groups have complained for more than a decade, with little effect, that market data fees charged by stock exchanges are too high and that regulators rubber stamp the exchanges’ data price increases.

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