Call for trading ban

City A.M. Reporter
EUROPEAN Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny yesterday called for a regulatory ban on high-frequency trading, saying the technique of using computer algorithms to generate multiple high-speed trades had no practical value.

A day after the European Commission proposed putting the ECB in charge of supervising Eurozone banks, Nowotny said it might be better to have clear bans on some financial market activity rather than an approach that leaves banks scope to seek loopholes.

“For example with high-frequency trading there is nothing to be regulated, it is to be banned,” he said.