The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have been busy of late in efforts to address alleged compliance issues associated with payment for order flow (PFOF), gamification of trading, and the consequences of the trading halt in GameStop last January. Here is what broker-dealers need to know about PFOF and gamification under the current regulatory framework and what to expect after GameStop.
This podcast details why payment for order flow and gamification are in the news, and how regulators and the industry in general are addressing related issues and concerns.
The episode features Brattle Senior Consultant and Broker-Dealers & Financial Services Practice Leader Hollie Mason, MS, JD, who is joined by Carlton Fields Shareholder and former FINRA Senior Director Justin Chretien, Esq.
Broker-Dealers & Financial Services Practice Leader | Chicago
With more than 14 years of financial industry experience, involving securities litigation and regulation, Ms. Mason provides expert testimony and analysis as well as consulting services concerning securities trading and markets, customary practice, regulatory compliance, and risk management. Ms. Mason also provides consulting support across the entire lifecycle of securities investigations and litigation matters, including initial case evaluation, discovery, risk assessments, expert reports and testimony, and damages analysis.
Shareholder | Washington, DC
Justin Chretien is a litigator with decades of experience handling high-stakes regulatory investigations, formal disciplinary proceedings, and litigation on behalf of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was most recently a FINRA enforcement senior director who oversaw hundreds of cases against broker-dealers and associated persons involving all manner of violations of federal securities laws and the rules of FINRA and US stock exchanges.
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In January 2021, the GameStop trading halt exploded across the headlines. Consumer advocates and the financial press pointed fingers at a number of industry players, paying particular attention to the model of payment for order flow (PFOF) from wholesale market makers to online brokers. This article provides an overview of PFOF and summarizes what the regulators are doing, how the industry has responded, and what the industry should focus on going forward.
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