On August 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 20-29 to request comment on the practice of internalizing customer trades in the corporate bond market after obtaining auction responses, commonly known as “pennying.” The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC) defined “pennying” as a practice where a dealer initiates a bid or offer-wanted auction process on behalf of a customer, reviews the auction responses, and then executes the customer order itself at a price that either matches or slightly improves the best-priced auction response. FIMSAC stated that pennying may appear to benefit a customer but may harm overall auction competitiveness over time.
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On May 22, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a regulatory notice seeking comment on two proposed changes to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) reporting rules recommended by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee. The changes would require firms to identify (1) delayed treasury spot trades; and

On May 7, the Bank of England (BoE) published an interim financial stability report setting out its view of the performance of the UK’s financial system during the COVID-19 pandemic and the outlook for the UK’s financial stability, including its assessment of the resilience of the UK financial system (the Financial Stability Report).
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On April 12, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published a regulatory notice (the “Notice”) requesting comment on a proposed pilot program to study proposed changes regarding corporate bond block trade dissemination based upon recommendations by the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC) of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The changes are aimed at improving corporate bond block trade dissemination—mainly, by increasing block liquidity without imposing significant costs on market participants. Currently, FINRA’s Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) provides information to the marketplace regarding corporate bonds and other debt securities. It is intended that the pilot program will study FIMSAC’s recommendations to determine whether such recommendations can enhance current TRACE protocols.
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed rule change to establish a new issue reference data service for corporate bonds. FINRA currently requires underwriters of initial offerings for corporate bonds to submit information relating to the bonds to FINRA under Rule 6760. This information is limited to a handful of data fields generally needed to set up a bond on TRACE for trade reporting purposes. If adopted, the rule change will expand the number of fields to include a more comprehensive set of data for corporate bond new issues.
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