Guest Editorial, The Case for a European Consolidated Tape in 2009

What a year 2008 was. Put aside thoughts of plummeting volumes and banking crises, I refer instead (and more positively) to lower trading and clearing costs, and the launch of new multilateral trading facilities. To my mind, 2008 showed that regulation has delivered what it promised. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive removed the concentration rules, paving the way for new entrants, and allowed competitive forces to drive down the costs of trading. Chi-X has welcomed the recently lau

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