An Update on Market Data Fee Issues

Since 2008, an industry group called “NetCoalition”, which is a collection of internet companies and other companies such as Bloomberg and trade groups such as the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), have challenged the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) policy on market data fees in court over policies that institutionalize market data as an exchange product. This coalition received a favorable outcome from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2010. In an April 2013 decision on this issue, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals directed the SEC to consider fee complaints under a “denial of access” process. As such, SIFMA filed two such petitions with the SEC in May 2013. These challenges over market data fees are far from over. With $400 million in market data fees at stake, the issue is closely being watched by industry in view of its impact on market structure issues. By David E. Franasiak, Joel Oswald and Eric Robins.

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