SEC Weighs Increased Broker Disclosure

In light of concerns about high-frequency trading, the SEC may require stock brokers to tell investors where they sent each order to be filled.

Brokers could be required to tell investors exactly where they sent a stock order to be filled under a measure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is weighing to address complaints that the decisions sometimes aren’t in clients’ best interests.

The proposal could give investors more insight into whether they are getting the best price when they buy and sell large numbers of shares, according to three people familiar with the matter. Brokers entrusted with orders in the U.S. stock market can choose from dozens of exchanges and private venues. Some money managers such as T. Rowe Price Group Inc. have told regulators that incentives offered by exchanges for attracting orders can put a broker’s financial interest at odds with the customer’s.

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