THETRADETECH DA I LY latest news THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF TRADETECH 2018 Regulation FCA targets MiFID II compliance in business plan T he Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has laid out plans for increased monitoring and assessment of compliance with MiFID II rules around conflicts of interest, according to its 2018/2019 business plan. The UK financial watchdog outlined its focus on ensuring firms are com- plying with specific changes under the new regulation including research unbundling, best execution and restricting the practice of payment for order flow. “Our supervision work will focus on ensuring that firms are complying with these changes and we will assess if the rules are working as intended,” the report said. “Over 2018/19 we will monitor firm compliance with new require- ments to address conflicts of interest in producing connected research.” The FCA added the introduction of MiFID II’s requirements around conflicts of interest and a lack of clarity by market participants about the capacity they are acting in causes harm to markets. Also among the regulator’s MiFID II objectives is increasing its supervi- sory efforts on monitoring compliance of systems and controls for both traders and venues related to high frequency trading (HFT). “We will use existing diagnostic work on HFTs, circuit breakers and mini-flash crashes to inform this work,” the FCA said. “This will enable us to anticipate and deal with potential harms this kind of technological advancement may create.” For the investment management sector, the watchdog plans to take a closer look at the rise of passive investing and its wider impact of markets with a new study exploring the key aspect of market performance. Game changer. PLAYERS WANTED Spend time with us at the ITG stand and learn how we are using artificial intelligence to revolutionize algorithmic trading. We help our clients improve performance while boosting trader intuition. ©2018 Investment Technology Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission. Broker/dealer products and services offered by Investment Technology Group Limited who is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.