On May 21, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 19-19 (Notice), which reminds applicable member firms that they must register with FINRA CAT, LLC (FINRA CAT) on or before June 27 for purposes of reporting to the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT). This reporting requirement relates to 1) member firms or national securities exchanges that handle orders or quotes in National Market System (NMS) stocks, over-the-counter equity securities or exchange listed options (each, an Industry Member); and 2) third-party CAT reporting agents that are or will be authorized to submit data to the CAT on behalf of an Industry Member. The CAT rules do not provide for any firms to be excluded or exempted from this reporting requirement.
Continue Reading

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended the compliance dates for amendments to Rule 606 of Regulation National Market System (NMS) that were adopted in November 2018.

The amendments to Rule 606 require specific additional disclosures for broker-dealers, including disclosure upon customer request of information relating to a customer’s NMS stock orders submitted on a not held basis. The amendments also include public quarterly disclosure of information relating to NMS stock orders submitted on a held basis.
Continue Reading

On November 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the consolidated audit trail (CAT) plan proposed by the self-regulatory organizations (SROs).  As specified by the CAT plan, the CAT will be designed to create a central repository to track all trading activity in national market system (NMS) securities, including options and equity securities.
Continue Reading

On October 3, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority began publishing monthly data on block-size trades occurring on alternative trading systems (ATSs). Statistics for ATS block-size trades are being aggregated across all National Market System (NMS) stocks for a one-month trading period and will be published no earlier than one month following the end of the month for which such trading was aggregated. The initial report covers August ATS trades.
Continue Reading