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What A Financial Transaction Tax Would Mean For Traders: PreMarket Prep Recap For Feb. 19, 2020

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What A Financial Transaction Tax Would Mean For Traders: PreMarket Prep Recap For Feb. 19, 2020

Michael Bloomberg’s proposed financial regulations sent shockwaves through Wall Street on Tuesday. Among the proposals is a financial transaction tax that would amount to a 0.2% charge on all trades of stocks and derivatives.

On Wednesday’s PreMarket Prep, co-host Dennis Dick outlined what implications this could have. Dick noted that should a financial transaction tax be implemented, one of two things is going to happen: there’s going to be an exemption for market-makers to provide liquidity, or if not, spreads are going to widen significantly. Either situation would be bad for market participants.

What A Financial Transaction Tax Would Mean For Traders

“At any given time during the day, Bank of America has a nice little $0.01 spread,” he said. “If you propose a 0.1% (fee) in on your buy and a 0.1% out on your sell, that’s 0.2%. So there’s no market maker that’s going to make a $0.01 market on Bank of America when they’re going to pay $0.06 on the transaction. All of a sudden your nice $0.01 market is at minimum $0.06 wide, that’s the break-even. But they need to make some money, so now it’s $0.10 wide.

“That assumes no market maker exemption. I don’t think they would let that happen, so I believe there would be a market maker exemption and then you’re not punishing Wall Street at all. Because the only people who would be paying the bill is the retail traders and your institutions who are moving money in and out. So in both scenarios, if they don’t get exemptions they’ll widen the spreads, and if they do get exemptions the spreads stay the same but they don’t pay any of the bill anyway. This is not going to punish Wall Street, this is going to punish Main Street.”

Co-host Joel Elconin noted that the timing is interesting. Should a transaction tax be implemented, it would come after years of fee compression finally resulted in most of the major brokerages going to $0 commissions on their stock, options, and ETF trades.

For the full discussion on the implications of a financial transaction tax click here.

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Some of the stocks also discussed include, with technical levels provided by Joel:

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