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FIA European Principal Traders Association

FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) represents Europe’s leading Principal Trading Firms. Our 29 members are independent market makers and providers of liquidity and risk transfer for exchanges and end-investors across Europe. We work constructively with policymakers, regulators and other market stakeholders to ensure efficient, resilient, high-quality financial markets.

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Recent Updates

  • FIA EPTA response to the ESMA Consultation Paper on Guidelines on the MiFID II/MiFIR obligations on market data

    FIA EPTA members welcome the opportunity to respond to this Consultation Paper on Guidelines on the MiFID II/ MiFIR obligations on market data. FIA EPTA has consistently supported ESMA’s work on market data issues and we very much welcomed ESMA’s review report from December 2019 and its draft Guidelines which build on this report. As we have shown in our response to ESMA’s previous consultation in 2019, user data fees are high and have increased over the past years.

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  • FIA EPTA response to the FCA Call for Input on accessing and using wholesale data

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the FCA Call for Input on accessing and using wholesale data. Below, we respond to the FCA’s questions in relation to trading data, benchmarks and market data vendor services. FIA EPTA members observe that user data fees are high and have increased over the past years. Empirical data which we have analysed substantiates this. We also observe that new fees have been added and that market data policies and agreements are increasingly complex.

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  • FIA EPTA response to the FCA’s consultation paper on its approach to international firms

    The FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) appreciates the opportunity to respond to the FCA’s consultation paper on its approach to international firms and the process for setting out the FCA’s expectations of such firms operating in the United Kingdom under its framework. FIA EPTA is supportive of the FCA’s proposed flexible approach to the regulation of international firms.

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  • Response by the FIA EPTA to the ESMA consultation on MiFID II/ MiFIR review on the functioning of Organised Trading Facilities (OTF)

    FIA EPTA supports transparent, robust, and safe markets with a level playing field and appropriate regulation for market participants. We consistently support the aim of the market structure reforms laid out in MiFID II/MiFIR and welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation on MiFID II/ MiFIR review on the functioning of Organised Trading Facilities (OTF). Our members are aware of various systems and market practices which seem to conflict with MiFID II expectations for multilateral systems.

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EPTA Blog

  • CMU and the Investment Firm Review: strengthening European capital markets through proportionality

    Hands up if you want up-and-coming European companies to have sufficient access to the money they need to grow and to drive prosperity across the EU? It’s a no brainer – and one of the reasons why European politicians and regulators are keen to push forward the Capital Markets Union.

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  • Developing the CMU through an effective new Prudential Regime for Investment Firms

    One of the building blocks of the EU’s Capital Markets Union project is entering a crucial few months as the proposed new Prudential Regime for Investment Firms enters parliamentary scrutiny.

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  • Flash Crashes – time to stop knee-jerk blaming of HFT?

    On the 6th May 2010, Wall Street experienced what quickly became known as the ‘Flash Crash’. On the 15th January 2015, the Swiss Franc experienced a similar event against the Euro. And in October 2016, there was a flash crash in sterling, following Britain’s vote to leave the EU. The recent events in the sterling market seemed like a good idea to look back at the post event analysis of previous ‘flash crashes’ and review the findings.

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  • The growing body of HFT research: time to put old arguments to bed?

    Over the last few years the great and the good of the world’s regulatory authorities that govern financial markets have studied the impacts of the electronification of the markets, and the role played by high frequency trading. We welcome the recognition in these studies that markets and end users benefit from increased use of innovative technology, in line with the experience with innovation in other industries. We provide a summary of the recent reports.

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  • Five years’ of providing a voice to the EU principal trading industry

    This summer, FIA EPTA marked the 5th anniversary of its foundation. Although still a comparatively young organisation, this milestone has caused the people, like myself, who were there at the start to reflect upon how things have changed since we’ve been in business – as well as looking forward to what the next five years might bring.

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  • CRD IV bonus cap has perverse effect of increasing risk

    The EU's Capital Requirements Directive CRD IV has imposed a bonus cap on credit institutions and investment firms with the intention of discouraging the excessive risk-taking with client monies that contributed to the financial crisis. However, the inappropriate application of this bonus cap to principal trading firms now has the potential to result in the perverse effect of actually increasing risk, whilst hurting market quality.

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