UK Watchdog to Set Up Trading Tape for Bonds Ahead of Equities

The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed setting up a single UK price feed for bond trades before it establishes one for equities, according to a statement on Wednesday.

(Bloomberg) — The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed setting up a single UK price feed for bond trades before it establishes one for equities, according to a statement on Wednesday. 

The UK watchdog is planning to run a competitive tender process to appoint one provider of the technology for fixed income, with a tape for equities following later. The technology will collate the price, size and timing of trades across multiple trading venues in the country to produce a centralized, near real-time feed. 

“The new consolidated tape will help reduce trading costs, increase transparency and improve data quality,” said Sarah Pritchard, executive director of markets and executive director of international at the FCA.

Consolidated feeds, the watchdog believes, will not just allow investors to get a complete picture of trades across different platforms, but also make trades more efficient and improve the competitiveness of the UK’s capital markets. 

The UK isn’t alone is establishing such feeds, which already exist in the US: The European Union struck a provisional deal to create its own consolidated trading tapes last week in a major breakthrough after years of sluggish progress.

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The UK plans to have a regulatory framework in place by 2024 as part of the Edinburgh reforms, a package of measures designed to improve and modernize the financial services sector.

The FCA will also consult with market practitioners on launching more reforms to make bonds and derivative trading more transparent later this year, the statement said. 

Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, competes with firms to aggregate and distribute market and trading data throughout Europe. It’s signed a joint venture agreement with MarketAxess and Tradeweb with the intention of participating in the public procurement procedure to become the EU’s fixed income consolidated tape provider.

 

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