Could CFTC Bring Back Reg AT?

The CFTC's new chair could reopen the controversial algo-trading rules—if he gets time.

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Market participants and Republican regulators slammed Regulation Automated Trading (Reg AT) when it was first proposed in late 2015, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) seemed to drop the proposal after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. But a changing of the guard at the commission could see the much-maligned algo-trading rule revived—albeit in a less extensive form.

Last week, Heath Tarbert, who is currently acting under-secretary for international affairs at the

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