Exchanges are seeking greater profitability, and greater autonomy. No one begrudges them a profit. In the latest news on Bloomberg (Exchanges
Object to Brokers Gaining More Stock-Market Oversight) this is demonstrated in the exchanges stating that "Only exchanges should be voting members on committees that govern..."
Safety of our Markets
In seeking greater autonomy we all should keep in mind that our Exchange Traded Securities & Derivatives industry industry is based on shared responsibility and controls. This guarantees a safe system for the investing public.
- The Broker Dealer guarantees the investor
- The Clearing House guarantee the Broker Dealers
- The exchanges guarantee an orderly and fair market
Excluding others in this chain of responsibility from having a voice may not be the best for the end investor.
Exchanges Marketing To End Investors
As the exchanges have grown from not for profit membership organizations to for profit corporations they have become more aggressive in seeking new market participants. More participants equal greater liquidity. More liquidity means better prices for the
individual investor, but only in such a way as the markets are maintained as "fair and orderly."
This marketing has included seeking new revenue streams from electronic trading systems, market data, and co-located high frequency trading firms.
Self Regulatory Organizations (SROs)
Many exchanges have "Self Regulatory" authority. This gives them the ability to maintain fair and orderly markets in the absence of direct government or industry regulator involvement. (See American
How Have SROs, and BDs Been Doing? Are They Protecting The End Investor?
Collin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is quoted onAgWeb.com saying "Recently, the cattle markets
have been susceptible to volatile limit price moves without corresponding market news,” Woodall says. “The result has been decreased confidence for cattlemen using the futures markets as a risk protection tool. This is not an issue for the government to address,
but an issue the industry can resolve by working with CME.”
This points out that at least one group is complaining about markets. The global regulators agree as shown by the numerous cases of market manipulation including Spoofing on global markets in the US, Europe, Canada show that some degree of change is needed.
Some recent cases:
Giving exchanges sole control may not be the best changes that is needed.
Maybe the change needed should be either increased oversight or increased technology and tools for the compliance officers at the SROs and the broker dealers. The modernization of these technologies should include Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning,
and other more modern computing techniques.
Perhaps the exchanges could even consider spinning off their SROs to an industry regulator.