Regulatory Notice 19-12

FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Pilot Program to Study Recommended Changes to Corporate Bond Block Trade Dissemination

Comment Period Expires: June 11, 2019

Summary

FINRA requests comment on a proposed pilot program to study changes to corporate bond block trade dissemination based on recommendations of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC or Committee). Specifically, the proposed pilot is designed to study two primary changes recommended by the FIMSAC: an increase to the current dissemination caps for corporate bond trades, and delayed dissemination of any information about trades above the proposed dissemination caps for 48 hours. The proposed pilot incorporates these primary elements of the FIMSAC Recommendation and other features, including a control group, designed to support a meaningful analysis of the pilot’s impact.

Questions concerning this Notice should be directed to:

  • Shawn O’Donoghue, Economist, Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), at (202) 728-8273; or Yue Tang, Economist, OCE, at (202) 728-8237; or
  • Alex Ellenberg, Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), at (202) 728-8152.