STA Open Call – November 10, 2016 – Call Notes
Market Data & Our Industry’s Reliance
Presenter: Travis Schwab, Chief Executive Officer, Eventus Systems
Full Replay of Call HERE
Opening Remarks – Jim Toes, STA President & CEO
SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee – EMSAC will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, which will focus on recommendations from the four subcommittees. STA is drafting a Comment Letter recommending an extension to EMSAC’s charter, set to expire in February 2017. LINK
House Hearing on SEC
SEC Chair Mary Jo White will testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 15, focusing on the 2018 budget request. LINK
STA in Washington DC
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, STA will meet with FINRA President & CEO Robert Cook and SEC Commissioners Michael Piwowar and Kara Stein. The leadership change at FINRA provides a unique opportunity to discuss FINRA’s role in our industry. The recent proposals to Order Routing Disclosures, or Institutional 606, will be the focus of our SEC meetings.
Market Data: It’s Role in Transparency & Operational Soundness
Market data continues to be a well-publicized debate – rising costs, consolidated tape versus direct feeds, market structure impacts, etc. The need for data goes beyond trading and it plays a major role in two industry trends: the demand for transparency and improving operational soundness.
U.S. equity markets are unique compared to other markets in that we have fragmented trading but a unified NBBO with an independent source of data. This uniqueness is beneficial to investors but there is friction around consolidated tape (provided by the SIP; slower) over direct feeds (sold by exchanges; more costly).
There is growing demand from regulators for transparency but there are inconsistencies specifically, when to use the consolidated tape versus direct feed; there is a need for clarity and standardization.
Business Insider: “There’s a new ‘hot-button’ issue on Wall Street…” LINK
 This brief is meant for informational purposes only and therefore should not be considered legal advice. STA’s goal is to raise awareness and encourage industry dialogue.