Bats unveils market maker program

Source: Bats Global Markets

Bats Global Markets, a global operator of stock and options markets, today announced it has filed a proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish an innovative Competitive Liquidity Provider (CLP) program designed exclusively for its new U.S. primary listings business.

The BATS CLP program, which is subject to regulatory approval, is a rewards-based program designed to incent market makers to increase liquidity and create tighter quoted spreads for each listing on BATS. The CLP program benefits all issuers, particularly those are who are often challenged by a lack of liquidity in their shares, which can make attracting larger investors difficult.

"One of the many challenges for today's issuers is attracting liquidity to their stock, and we believe we've developed a unique program that addresses this very issue," said Joe Ratterman, Chairman and CEO of BATS Global Markets. "Our Competitive Liquidity Provider program is designed to incent market makers to dedicate their focus to providing liquidity and posting tight markets for an issuer, which obviously helps the issuer, but also Makes Markets Better for all participants."

Through the BATS CLP program, liquidity providers compete for a daily reward by posting competitive quotes in a stock or exchange-traded product (ETP). Liquidity providers are rewarded based on their continuous daily quoted size at the National Best Bid/Offer (NBBO) in the securities for which they are registered CLPs.

Each liquidity provider must be a registered Market Maker on BATS and register to be a CLP for a listing. There is no limit to the number of CLPs that can be registered in a corporate single listing.

Additionally for ETPs, the CLP program encourages multiple liquidity providers to participate in the launch of an ETP public offering by splitting up the initial seed investment amongst multiple liquidity providers. 

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