I was discussing this at work today, and thought it would make an interesting discussion.
There are a lot more brokers available out there available to us today, providing a more cost effective means to invest/trade in the market.
There is also a lot more retail investors taking part and buying stocks in the market as never has so many stocks been available for us to trade at such prices before.
There has been a lot more regulatory trade halts, suspensions and such in recent months/years, based on old fashioned rules.
These have the best of intentions, protecting buffers at brokers for all so they can continue to provide services to the wider group, or to allow the regulator time to investigate irregular activity to stop market manipulation if that is, what is taking place.
This raises a lot of questions. Has the market liquidity increased, has there been more market manipulation, or have some broker/regulator guided trading halts inadvertently manipulated the markets themselves?
How much retail activity is there now in the market, and do we need a voice to represent the retail investors. Individually we are small, but collectively we need some representation surely with the regulator?
I think the markets and regulations need to change with the new landscape. Question is to what?