FIF News

FIF Meets with SROs on Rep Order Linkages and FDID

FIF met with the SROs in-person on November 7th to discuss phase 2c representative order linkage reporting requirements to walk through current business practices in order to provide recommendations to allow OMS/EMS systems to capture and report phase 2c CAT reportable information.  Similarily, this Wednesday, FIF will meet with the SROs/ThesysCAT to discuss the remaining challenges related to FDID. 

Posted Nov 12, 2018

SEC issues Final Rule on the Disclosure of Order Handling Information

On Friday, November 2nd, the SEC issued a final rule require additional disclosures by broker-dealers to customers regarding the handling of their orders.  Specfically, the Commission is adding a new disclosure requirement which requires a broker-dealer, upon request of its customer, to provide specific disclosures related to the routing and execution of the customer’s NMS stock orders submitted on a not held basis for the prior six months, subject to two de minimis exceptions and is also is amending the current order routing disclosures that broker-dealers must make publicly available on a quarterly basis to pertain to NMS stock orders submitted on a held basis, and the Commission is making targeted enhancements to these public disclosures.  FIF is forming a working group to assist firms with the implementation of the new disclosure of Order Handling Information rules.

Posted Nov 05, 2018

FIF forms CAT Tech Spec Requirements Working Group

Following the publication of the CAT Industry Member Technical Specification on October 30th, FIF has formed a CAT Tech Spec Requirements Working Group to 1) review and suggest additional business scenarios/FAQs to the SROs; and 2) assist firms during the implementation process of the CAT.  If you would like to join this working group, please send an email to or register here.

Posted Nov 05, 2018

FIF met with SEC Staff to discuss 605 Modernization Recommendations

On Tuesday, October 30th, a contingent of FIF members representing retail broker-dealers, whole market makers, and an analytics provider along with FIF staff met with the SEC Division or Trading and Markets and Staff to Chair Clayton and Commissioner Peirce to discuss SEC Rule 605 modernization recommendations.  FIF will review the content of the meetings and propose next steps during the FIF Rule 605 subgroup meeting on Monday, November 5th @ 1:00 pm.  

Posted Nov 05, 2018

FIF Advisory Committee Chair Attends SEC Roundtable

On October 25th, FIF Advisory Committee Chair Tom Jordan attended a SEC roundtable on market data and market access, while FIF Chairman Leo McBlain watched on via webcast. The first day of the conference focused on assessing current market data products, market access services and their associated fees, while day two focused on assessing potential steps to improve market data products and market access services. The two day event included panels on: the overview of the current landscape for market data products and market access services, SIP core data products and exchange top-of-book data products, exchange depth-of-book data products and market access services, elements of the care data infrastructure, governance of core data infrastructure, funding of core data infrastructure and public transparency. Noting that current regulations date back more than 40 years, participants from various industry segments were asked to comment on whether regulatory changes are needed in light of current market characteristics, emerging technologies and investor needs.

Posted Oct 29, 2018