FIA European Principal Traders Association

FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) represents Europe’s leading Principal Trading Firms. Our 26 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 letter to the EC on the treatment of exchange-traded derivatives in the draft RTS methodology for the Taxonomyalignment ratio – unintended consequences for the green transition

    FIA EPTA and FIA are concerned by current proposals under the Taxonomy and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) that would in effect restrain the use of listed derivatives by market participants and restrict the amount of capital that can be made available for a sustainable transition.

  • FIA EPTA response to the FCA Discussion Paper on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Discussion Paper on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels (DP21/4). FIA EPTA members believe that for the normalisation of sustainable investing it should be organised in a similar way as with traditional investment products. FIA EPTA members believe that the secondary markets can play a vital role in the shift towards sustainable investing.

  • FIA EPTA response to the ESMA Call for evidence On the European Commission mandate on certain aspects relating to retail investor protection

    FIA EPTA appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on the call for evidence On the European Commission mandate on certain aspects relating to retail investor protection. FIA EPTA considers that regulatory measures should be taken to encourage and highlight the benefits of exchange-listed products.

  • FIA EPTA is looking for a Senior policy advisor – Market Structure

    FIA EPTA is looking for a Senior policy advisor – Market Structure. An exciting new role – driving the European market structure discussion


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.