Post-trade transparency refers to the trading venue's obligations to publish the relevant data of each transaction immediately or, according to the venue's deferred publication regime, at the end of a defined time period.
While transactions that were carried out outside of normal business hours are to be published prior to the start of trading on the next trading day, deferred publication during a venue's trading hours may only be granted for transactions that:
- are large in size (i.e. trades above standard market size as specified by security);
- expose Liquidity Providers to unexceptional risk;
- require the nature of counterparties (retail / wholesale investors) to be taken into account;
- are carried out in illiquid securities.
Thresholds for large-in-size transactions as well as the classification of liquid/illiquid instruments are defined on an instrument-level (bonds) or for the whole asset class (equities and structured products).
SIX Swiss Exchange already features deferred publication regimes for each of its trading segments and services which in most cases shall be adapted to meet (or exceed) the new Swiss and European regulation.
|SSX trading segments||Deferred Publication|
|Equities||Existing functionality - no change|
|ETF / ETSF / ETP / SF / SFS||Existing functionality - no change|
|IF||No deferral of publication - new!|
CHF / Non-CHF Bonds||
On-book trades - no change|
Off-book trades - deferral possible if bond is illiquid, and in the case of liquid bond depending on size - new!
|Structured Products||No deferral of publication - no change|
|Service / venue||Deferred Publication|
|SLS||No change - all trades published immediately|
Deferral if bond is illiquid, and in the case of liquid bond depending on size - new!|
|XBTR||Under evaluation (publication of final FINMA circular on “Organised trading facilities" to be awaited)|
We belive the approach outlined is fully compliant with Swiss law and aligned to the principles of EU law but is subject to regulatory approvals.
The abolition of deferred publication in the investment funds segment is scheduled for SMR6 (2016) while all other changes will be implemented with SMR7 (2017).
Art. 29 (paras. 2 and 3 lit. b); Pre- and post-trade transparency
Art. 46; Trading transparency (OHS)
Art. 28; Post-trade transparency
Art. 29; Exceptions to pre-trade and post-trade transparency
Art. 43; Post-trade transparency for securities (OHS)
Art. 10: Post-trade transparency requirements for trading venues in respect of bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives
Art. 21: Post-trade disclosure by investment firms, including systematic internalisers, in respect of bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives
RTS 1: Regulatory technical standards on transparency requirements in respect of shares, depositary receipts, exchange-traded funds, certificates and other similar financial instruments
- RTS 2: Regulatory technical standards on transparency requirements in respect of bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives
- RTS 14: Regulatory technical standards on data disaggregation
Segment for Structured Products
Q: SIX Swiss Exchange does not defer publication of transactions in structured products, why?
A: Since price formation in structured products is derived from the underlying instruments, transaction data does not contain new price-relevant information to the market participants. Therefore there is no need to protect certain actors' interests by delaying the publication of such data. In this sense the current ruling on SIX Swiss Exchange is exceeding the Swiss and European requirements for post-trade transparency and shall not be changed.