(Reuters) The New York Stock Exchange teamed up with retail broker Charles Schwab Corp and market maker Citadel Securities on Monday to ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to withdraw two recently proposed rules aimed at revamping how stocks trade.
The move represents a coordinated industry push back against what are potentially the most impactful proposals in the SEC’s biggest attempt to reform stock market rules in nearly 20 years.
“We are deeply concerned that the Commission has simultaneously issued multiple far-reaching proposals that would dramatically overhaul current market structure without adequately assessing the cumulative impact on the market or the potential for unintended consequences,” the companies said in an SEC comment letter.
The SEC in December proposed requiring nearly all retail stock orders to be sent to auctions, as well as a new standard for brokers to show they get the best possible executions for their clients’ orders.
The SEC also proposed lower trading increments and access fees on exchanges, and more robust retail order execution disclosures.
And now Citadel, Charles Schwab, and the New York Stock Exchange are fighting against these proposals that will help level the playing field for retail investors.
Payment for order flow has annihilated competition and reserved market maker Citadel Securities the right to buy retail orders from brokers such as Robinhood and TD Ameritrade.
During an interview with SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, the Chairman tells ‘We The Investors‘ that he believes the SEC should have the ‘Best Execution Rule‘, not the self-regulatory organization, FINRA.
Citadel Said in 2004 PFOF Should Be Banned
Citadel pushed back on the possibility of a payment for order flow (PFOF) ban in June of 2022.
But Citadel said in 2004 that payment for order flow “creates conflicts of interest and should be banned”, according to an SEC file.
Gary Gensler said there may be a conflict of interest for brokers and that too much power is concentrated in a handful of market makers.
The SEC Chairman plans to reroute retail investors into an automated system that would provide a deep pool of liquidity.
The aim of the proposed rules is to improve market quality and efficiency, by boosting competition for retail stock orders and reducing unnecessary intermediation, SEC Chair Gary Gensler has said.
However, the NYSE, along with Schwab and Citadel Securities, asked the SEC to indefinitely withdraw the auction and best execution proposals, saying they could lead to less market liquidity and create confusing regulatory overlap.
“We believe that this more targeted approach will result in significant benefits for U.S. equity market participants, while meaningfully reducing the risk of negative outcomes for markets and investors, including the risk of firms retreating from being liquidity providers – which would be particularly detrimental to retail investors,” they said.
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