Last week we had different heads of market structure, compliance, and front office together for our regulation MiFID II breakfast. One of the many themes that was discussed was Best Execution, relevant because we had FCA representation and, whilst the Best Execution Thematic Review was published more than a year ago, it is still fresh in our minds.
What the regulators discovered in that case was a disparity of ways that banks were doing their best execution checks. The thematic review referred to the lack of standards across the industry and the fact that some banks felt like some of their activities were ‘out of scope’ and therefore excluded from the regime. It also reminded banks that a failure to obtain Best Execution is a problem that needs more focus from management, not just compliance and traders.
However, this new management focus and change of culture does not just apply to Best Execution. The event was oversubscribed and many heads of business attended, confirming that the regulators have now successfully gained the attention of upper management. Firms are more than ever conscious that there is a need to improve their current systems and controls to get ready for the implementation of future policy change. The uncertainty now is how to go about it.
Risk & Compliance The deadline for MIFID II compliance is less than six months away. Though the regulation is largely understood, firms anecdotally report that they expect to be ready with significant workarounds that will likely need to be revisited in the future to improve and streamline operations. More interestingly, firms are finding that the regulators’ intentions are […] August 15, 2017
Risk & Compliance Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) and the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) require huge volumes of data to be sourced and managed. This webinar, organized by Intelligent Trading Technology in July 2017, discusses what sort of data analytics you need to implement to be able to process and analyse MiFID […] August 2, 2017
Risk & Compliance In this video series, Jim Northey, Senior Vice President Strategy and Research at Itiviti, tackles the implications of MiFID II for firms in terms of order routing, time synchronization and Best Execution. In the second segment, he also explores the impact that MiFID II and the Consolidated Audit Trail are likely to have in the […] July 25, 2017
Risk & Compliance Jim Northey explores the implications of MiFID II and the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) for US firms, and provides general advice on how to work towards MiFID II compliance in the run-up to the January 3rd, 2018 deadline. July 18, 2017