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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

How is Program Trading Changing?

Sophisticated equity traders have been watching program trading activity for years. Keeping an eye on the premium (PREM) or spread between the most active S&P 500 future’s contract fair value minus the cash value is a time honored tradition to determine when stock buy or sell programs should kick into gear. While this tactic has.. Read more

Top 10 reasons why HFTs aren’t evil

Frankly, everyone is sick and tired of watching high frequency trading get dragged through the mud by the press, politicians, and the public. Just like the short sellers were vilified wrongly in the 1930′s for being the puppet master culprits behind the Great Depression, today high frequency traders are mistakenly believed to be the evil.. Read more

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