US trading systems ‘holding up well,’ top Securities and Exchange Commission official says

US trading systems ‘holding up well,’ top Securities and Exchange Commission official says
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  • Despite enormous volumes, the U.S. trading system is holding up well, says the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Brett Redfearn.
  • Friday saw the largest dollar volume trading for U.S. equities in history.
  • The SEC has been monitoring trading to make sure the system is running smoothly.

The crazy market volatility has put unprecedented stress on the U.S. and global trading system.

Friday saw the largest dollar volume trading for U.S. equities in history: $984 billion changed hands, according to Goldman Sachs, nearly three times normal levels.

That kind of trading volume catches the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Brett Redfearn, the SEC’s director of the Division of Trading and Markets, has been monitoring trading to make sure the system is running smoothly.  His verdict:  “The reality is, given the record volume of trafficking, the system is holding up well.”

Redfearn also said the SEC has been in regular contact with other U.S. government agencies, including the Federal Reserve and Department of Treasury, as well as banks, asset managers, and market makers.

Source: CNBC

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