UK’s plans to ditch share trading rules threaten liquidity

Asset managers say London’s decision to relax EU equity regime will fragment liquidity – with unpredictable consequences

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Brexit has resulted in a shift of trading to European Union centres such as Amsterdam

Plans by the UK government to tear up European Union rules on where firms can trade shares will disrupt liquidity in the region’s €10 trillion equity markets, experts predict.

London’s move to drop the EU’s share trading obligation – which forces investors to trade on approved venues and exchanges in a bid to improve transparency and fairness in equity markets – is likely to fragment activity in the continent.

Dumping the share trading obligation “will disperse liquidity, meaning a risk to

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