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The Truth Behind the Flash Crash: The Cause Finally Discovered

Those quick to blame algorithmic trading and HFTs for the Flash Crash of 2010 could stand to take a look at the SEC’s recent report on the events of May 6th. The October 1 report suggests that a single sale of $4 billion of futures contracts from the Kansas based mutual fund company Waddell &.. Read more

Regulatory Abuse: Managing Improper Trading Halts

The regulatory landscape has changed since the May 6th flash crash. In an effort to prevent a similar occurrence, new circuit breaker type trading halts have been instituted. These circuit breakers are designed to stop trading in any individual security whenever a single trade moves the price by at least 10% from its so-called fair.. Read more

The SEC Eyeballs High Frequency Trading Firms in Quote Stuffing Inquiry

In the SEC’s quest to uncover the genesis of the May 6th “Flash Crash”—the day the Dow Jones plummeted 700 points in record time and planted the stomach of every investor in the country firmly in their throat—high frequency trading firms are continuing to come under close scrutiny. This is despite the fact that it.. Read more

Analytical Trading vs Discretionary Trading

Change is the only constant in life. The same thing can be said about the stock market. As much as it stays the same with buyers and sellers battling to get the best price, the stock market’s permutations are forever changing. This is particularly true in the area of trading strategy. For many years technical.. Read more

Making Your Strategy Implementation Process Faster

We hear so much about the importance of speed that it has almost become a cliché. Reducing the time to from point A to point B has become an obsession. At one time people traveled surely, but most definitely slowly, on the great ocean liners like the Queen Mary. Now, only those looking for the.. Read more

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