Wednesday, May 22, 2013
FINRA issued an announcement that Direct Edge®, the third largest stock exchange operator in the U.S., and FINRA have agreed that FINRA will provide market surveillance services on behalf of Direct Edge's two licensed stock exchanges. Under this agreement, FINRA will have surveillance oversight of more than 90% of U.S. equities trading volume. Direct Edge expects the new arrangement will become operative in the fourth quarter of 2013. Currently, FINRA performs examination and disciplinary services on behalf of Direct Edge. With this agreement, all of Direct Edge's third-party regulatory services will be consolidated with FINRA.