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DMIST Publishes Trade Allocations Standard and Launches Consultation on Average Pricing

Trade Allocations Standard

FIA and DMIST, the Derivatives Market Institute for Standards, jointly announced the publication of the Final Standard for Improving Timeliness of Trade Give-Ups and Allocations. DMIST also released a consultation paper on average pricing.

This is the first standard finalized by DMIST and an important milestone in its work to improve operational efficiency in futures trading and clearing. DMIST was established by FIA in April 2022 as an independent standards body. Its purpose is to encourage widespread adoption of standards that will help make markets more efficient, resilient, and competitive.

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Key FIA-led initiatives

FIA holds an annual coordinated industry effort to test business continuance and functionality between exchanges, clearinghouses and their member firms.

FIA has released a report calling on participants in the futures and options industry to work together on a major initiative to improve the efficiency of the trading and clearing process for exchange-traded derivatives.

Our members are working to educate the public on the benefits of electronic trading, provide policymakers with expert feedback on regulatory proposals, and promote best practices in risk controls.

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