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Better data needed for reform of EU trading rules-official


LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Poor trading data is hampering the European Union’s capital market, ruling out any radical reform to securities guidelines earlier than statistics have been improved, a senior official from the bloc stated on Friday.

Banks and inventory exchanges are at loggerheads over adjustments being thought-about by Brussels to the EU’s bond and inventory trading guidelines, knowns as ‘MiFID II’.

Exchanges need a 15-minute delay in how their costs are revealed throughout markets in a deliberate “consolidated tape” of accomplished transactions, whereas asset managers and regulators need real-time publication.

Bourses additionally need harder guidelines on trading away from mainstream platforms however banks say such strikes are pointless as a result of most trading occurs on exchanges. Banks say figures displaying a big quantity of trading occurring off exchanges are swelled by ‘technical’ trades that don’t have any affect on costs.

“Before we have a complete picture, we are not going to take overly radical decisions,” Tilman Lueder, head of securities markets on the EU’s government, the European Commission, instructed an occasion held by European markets foyer AFME.

Commission proposals to amend MiFID II are due earlier than 12 months finish because the bloc seeks to deepen its capital market after Britain’s exit final December.

Lueder stated retail buyers, key to deepening the bloc’s capital market, are “third tier” individuals because of the lag within the costs they get, in contrast with deep-pocketed gamers who can afford actual time costs.

“We need to get the retail more involved and the only way to do this is to give them information parity with the rest of the market,” Lueder stated.

“Our proposal will leave a lot of scope for private initiative, and lot of scope for people to register as a provider of a tape to get harmonised data, whether they want to provide this on a delayed basis or on a real time basis,” Lueder stated.

“I think we should leave the market also some opportunity to take some decisions here.”

Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Carmel Crimmins

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