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3 Things We Learned from the Stock Market Performance of 2010

To say that 2010 was a tumultuous year for the stock market is to be both astute and forgetful. To the first point, anybody who felt the rollercoaster rush of the Flash Crash of 2010 was given a too-close-for-comfort reminder of the inherent uncertainties in the financial sector. To the latter point, there have been.. Read more

Why the Stock Exchanges Want the SEC to Nix Stub Quotes

One of the most interesting developments in the SEC’s determinations of the probable causes of the stock market “Flash Crash” of 2010 was that stub quotes played a crucial role in the day’s tumultuous events. Not as a cause, but as an exacerbating factor. Now the exchanges are asking for SEC regulations that will effectively.. Read more

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

By Andrew Actman Lightspeed Financial Chief Strategy Officer 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.. 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

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