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February 2023

Welcome STA 2023: Let’s Make This Year Extraordinary!

By Ryan Kwiatkowski, 2023 STA Chair

Hello all! I’m Ryan Kwiatkowski of StoneX, and after spending more than two decades as an STA member participating on both the local and national levels, it is now my honor to serve our organization as this year’s Chairman. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of watching the STA reach new heights and look forward to carrying out our mission of providing a voice for our industry and its dedicated members.

Since 1934, STA and its affiliates have strived to be a rational influence on proposed changes to our markets while also representing the interests of individuals employed by the financial services industry. Today, our markets are the deepest and most liquid in the world. All would agree that this did not happen by chance – but rather by competitive and regulatory forces. Advanced developments in technology, the continuation of solid industry competition and investor protection rules have provided a vast expanded service and product offerings to all investors. We’ve seen this in action particularly for self-directed retail investors, who are able to access our markets directly with powerful investment tools and superior execution quality at low costs.


For STA, what we do this year will be no different than what we’ve done in the past – however, it will certainly be more challenging. The SEC’s equity market structure proposals announced mid-December are by definition controversial and highly disruptive. If put in place in their current form, the proposals will dramatically change how our markets function and the experience investors have. In the months ahead as firms and individuals try to navigate the significant impact of these proposals, we will do our best to be a reliable and trustworthy resource.  

Finally, I would like to take a moment to convey gratitude to the firms who engage with STA and support our continuation so that we may grow successfully together. I am truly thankful to be in this role this year.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson


Ryan Kwiatkowski 

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STA Open Calls

Open Call Recap – SEC Equity Proposals: Disclosure of Order Execution Information (Rule 605)

The four proposals that SEC Chair Gary Gensler and his four fellow Commissioners voted on in December addressed a range of issues such as Rule 605, tick sizes, access fees, price transparency, retail auctions and best execution. On a recent Open Call, S3 Co-Founder and CEO Mark Davies, in conversation with STA President & CEO Jim Toes, talked through the details of the Rule 605 proposal and how it intersects with two of the other new proposals, Regulation Best Execution and the Order Competition Rule.

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Canadian STA Annual Winter Vendor Fair

March 2

TMX Market Centre

Toronto, ON


Denver STA Happy Hour & Business Meeting

March 3

The Crawford Hotel

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Dallas STA March Madness Networking Event

March 23

Katy Trail Ice House

Dallas, TX


Dallas STA Texas Traders Spring Golf Tournament

March 24

Grapevine Golf Course

Grapevine, TX


STANY 87th Annual Conference

March 27


New York, NY


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STA Women in Finance

On International Women’s Day 2023, #EmbraceEquity

Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, an annual worldwide celebration that honors the achievements, contributions and successes of women in various socioeconomic spheres. On this day, we will celebrate all women and girls who have made and continue to make a positive difference in the world and in their own lives.

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STA Women in Finance Interview Series

To highlight the important work and impressive achievements of women in financial services, the STA Women in Finance Committee is pleased to roll out a new series of interviews with women spanning all areas of the industry who aim to inspire the next generation of women in finance. Kicking off the series is an interview with Jennifer Nayar, President and CEO of Sterling Trading Tech.

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Follow the Sun to Manage Investment Risk

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Market-shifting crises can break out at any unpredictable moment, but stocks trade in fixed hours. In the U.S., stock exchanges open at 9:30 am and close at 4:00 pm. Although pre-session trading commences at 4:00 am, and there is a four-hour post-market window, there remains an eight-hour gap when investors can’t act on perceived risks or opportunities.

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