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  • Week InReview: March 23, 2018

    • Friday, March 23, 2018

    In Case You Missed It... Could ETFs fall into a liquidity jam? The ETF industry is now worth more than $4 trillion, magnifying the risk if the funds run into difficulties (The Wall Street Journal | Mar 21) & much more!

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  • Week InAdvance: March 19, 2018

    • Monday, March 19, 2018

    Mon Mar 19 OECD econ event in Buenos Aires. | Tue Mar 20 Spring Equinox. G20 finmins in Buenos Aires. Fed meets, may raise interest rates. | Wed Mar 21 IOSCO CRA panel in NYC. G20 data gaps meeting in DC. FOMC rate decision. | Thu Mar 22 EU leaders meet in Brussels on Brexit. | Fri Mar 23 Trilateral Commission in Singapore.

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  • Week InReview: March 16, 2018

    • Friday, March 16, 2018

    SEC proposes trader transaction fee pilot program: (Mar 14) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission's five members voted unanimously to propose a study of transaction fee changes, including modifications to the "maker-taker" model. Under the model, exchanges charge traders taking liquidity and provide access fee rebates to market makers giving it. Critics of the model claim brokers can direct orders to certain exchanges to capitalize on rebates and ignore the best prices or executions for clients. The SEC's commissioners also voted 3-2 along party lines to propose a rule that would scale back liquidity reporting requirements for mutual funds. Bloomberg BNA

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