High-Frequency Trading Under Scrutiny From Iosco

As reported by Finextra, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (Iosco) has flagged improvements in market surveillance as a critical element in a new consultation aimed at developing recommendations to mitigate the risks posed to the financial system by the latest technological developments, such as high frequency trading.

The Report (Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on Market Integrity and Efficiency) analyses the most significant technological developments that have arisen in financial markets in recent years, and their impact on market structure, participants’ behaviour, price discovery and formation and also on the availability and accessibility of liquidity. It also considers other micro-structural related topics such as co-location, tick sizes, fee structures, indications of interest etc. and presents an analysis on trading control mechanisms.

In a letter to the Financial Stability Board outlining the report’s content, Iosco highlights the challenges posed by the fragmentation of markets; the dispersal of trading information; the increased speed of trading; and the ability to gather and process the increased volume of trading data.

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