Monday, September 17, 2007
SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins' view of Reg NMS:
In my view, Reg. NMS represents a massive regulatory intrusion into our secondary trading markets that was completely unwarranted, given the lack of evidence of market failure and the availability of substantially less-intrusive means to advance the purported goals. Reg. NMS has the potential to do significant harm to our markets by unduly interfering with the operation of competitive forces. Over the years, these forces have benefited investors immensely by reducing trading costs and increasing market efficiency. Whatever its justification, Reg. NMS is a carte blanche for unsupervised meddling by the SEC staff in the marketplace for years to come.
See Remarks Before the Security Traders Association of Boston by Commissioner Paul S. Atkins, Boston, Massachusetts, September 13, 2007.