SEC’s CT Plan timetable is ‘unrealistic’

Implementing governance structure for new US public equities datafeeds within a year is highly unlikely, say industry observers.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new blueprint for the governance of the consolidated tapes produced for US equities, together with an aggressive timetable for its implementation. But industry observers say it is highly unlikely that full implementation of the plan is achievable within the regulator’s 12-month deadline.

On August 6, the SEC quietly approved a modified version of what it has dubbed the CT Plan, which effectively consolidates the three plans that currently

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