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Exposing Retail Investors Risks from the Exchange Merger

Well, it looks like it’s going to happen. The much heralded exchange merger of the century combining Germany’s Deutsche Boerse with the New York Stock Exchange is just about a sure thing. Rival deals have been relegated to the dustbin of history while the mega merger is on the cusp of becoming reality. While most.. Read more

What’s Pushing the Volume in ETFs?

While active investors have witnessed a dramatic decrease in equity volume recently, the exact opposite is happening with ETFs. There has been dramatic growth in both the volume and number of ETFs available over the last several years. Current estimates indicate there are over a trillion dollars of assets invested in the 1000 plus ETFs.. Read more

Regulations: Do They Really Work?

It’s a burning question in finance and economic circles whether stock market regulations actually work. There are two primary schools of thought on the matter. The first comes from the free market supporters. On the extreme edge, these believers in Adam Smith’s invisible guiding hand of capitalism deem any regulation evil and fruitless. In their.. Read more

Will High Frequency Trading be an Endangered Species?

High frequency trading is perhaps the most scrutinized and vilified form of trading of all time. With terms like predatory, unfair, and greedy being used to describe this trading strategy, it’s no wonder politicians, the general public and even traditional traders are very wary of this style. While regulators are scrambling to place controls on.. Read more

Will Citigroup’s Split Affect You?

Around 3 a.m. EST, familiar “ding, ding, ding” of a breaking news alert was being played. The news read, “Citigroup Announces 10 for 1 Split,” and many traders went to sleep with sweet dreams of buying bucket-loads of C for around 50 cents per share. These dreams were quickly dashed after learning, upon sunrise, that.. Read more

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