The CFTC sets its sights on high-speed and automated derivatives trading
Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has set its sights on
high-speed and automated derivatives trading in its latest
attempt to increase its regulatory grip on the market,
writes Jonathan Watkins.
regulator has responded to the rapid evolution of automated
trading in the market by issuing a long-awaited study and
subsequently asking for public input on risk controls and
An influx of
trading disruptions and outages linked to technological
problems in recent months has prompted calls for greater
oversight and controls on high speed and computer-driven
The debate over
the benefits and drawbacks of automated trading on the market
is one splitting industry participants, but with multiple
system failings leading to trading outages, the CFTC has
inevitably stepped in to try and add protective measures.
Glitches will occur again
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