Thursday, March 3, 2022

Disclosure and Beyond: Restructuring the U.S. Equity Markets

BRIEFING GUIDE to the SEC's Aggressive Agenda to Head off the Next "Big Squeeze"

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

On Friday, February 25, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed its latest round of GameStop rule proposals. In addition to enhanced public disclosures of short sales by institutional investors, the Commission announced a 30-day extension of the comment period on its sweeping securities lending disclosure proposal, Rule 10c-1, and technical amendments to the "consolidated audit tape" regulations. These separate, but related, disclosure proposals may well be the start of a much broader and far-ranging regulatory response to the kind of market disruptions epitomized by the Gamestop event.  

 

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Lenders and Borrowers Sound off on the SEC's Disclosure Proposal

Giving the SEC an Earful and Sounding the Alarm

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) securities lending disclosure proposal has drawn sharp rebuke from both securities lenders and borrowers. Lending principals criticized the proposal on everything from cost, lack of clarity, and overbroad scope to the rule's general inequity. They also pointed out a host of potential unintended consequences that could work against the very transparency the rule proposal was intended to foster. 

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

SEC Proposes Sweeping Securities Lending Disclosure Rules

Bringing Securities Lending Out of the Dark.

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

On November 18, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed broad disclosure rules intended to "provide transparency in the securities lending market." As directed by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Commission proposed these rules to (1) supplement publicly available information, (2) close data gaps in the securities lending market, (3) minimize information asymmetries between market participants, and (5) provide market participants with access to pricing and other material information.

Further, the data elements proposed to be collected are intended to provide regulators with the information necessary to perform effective market surveillance. "This proposal would bring securities lending out of the dark," according to SEC Chair Gary Gensler. 

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Reddit Trading and Resilience in U.S. Equity Finance

Part 4. ESMA expands short sale disclosures and rules for borrower locates

Author: Ed Blount

Paris, September 24, 2021 - The next shoe has fallen in reaction to the January 2021 GameStop short squeeze, by which certain online brokers interpreted clearinghouse rules to necessitate suspension of their retail customers’ ability to buy “meme stocks." Today, the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA), citing SEC and EU data for January 2021 on suspiciously high levels of failed meme stock settlements, asked for public comment on rule changes to avoid future short squeezes. This ESMA consultation on systemic risk management will surely propel industry leaders to advance their previously-announced plans for a block-chained securities market infrastructure, so as to add even more robust operating and disclosure protocols.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

EU Court to Hear Britain's Challenge to ESMA Powers Over Short Selling

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has announced that it will hear a challenge to EU short selling regulations on June 11, 2013. Britain's finance ministry filed the legal challenge in June of 2012 against the European Union in an effort to limit the European financial regulators' power to ban short-selling. Britain's lawsuit seeks to clarify the powers granted to the European Securities and Markets Authority to halt or limit short selling across the 27-member EU nations in the event of a crisis.
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