High-Frequency Traders May Face Tougher EU Market-Abuse Rules:

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union is considering listing “specific examples of strategies using algorithmic trading and high-frequency trading” that should be banned and punished by regulators as market manipulation. The measures to increase investor protection and reduce volatility are part of plans to clamp down on market abuse in the European Union, according to a draft of the proposals obtained by Bloomberg News. “There are particular automated strategies that have been identified by regulators which, if carried out, are likely to constitute market abuse,” the document says. “Further identifying abusive strategies will ensure a consistent approach in monitoring and enforcement by competent authorities.” High-frequency traders have come under increased regulatory scrutiny following the so-called flash crash in May last year, during which the Dow Jones Industria...

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