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Active Trading Blog

The Stock Transfer Tax: Demonizing the Moneymakers

There’s a shocking piece of news circulating on its way to you via word of mouth, print media, and fiber–optics. And it’s something that may come as a bit of a surprise – even a shock – to the stock traders of the world. The news? That you’re all a bunch of monsters. Greedy. Wicked... Read more

Man vs. Machine: Time to Regulate?

By Andrew Actman, Chief Strategy Officer – Lightspeed Financial With algorithmic trading accounting for 60% to 70% of trades, it’s no surprise that some mavens think such trading should be scrutinized and regulated. No good deed goes unpunished. When someone does something well, it seems there is always someone else to come along and complain.. Read more

Option Strategies: What’s Working Now

The nearly 1000 point intraday sell off in the DJIA has many stock investors looking for ways to protect their portfolios. In addition, the spiking Volatility Index (VIX) triggered option traders to seek ways to profit from the large price swings expected to continue. This blog post will discuss two options strategies working now. One.. Read more


Dec 04, 2009 – Is Congress serious? A tax on stock transactions is nothing more than a death knell for the US markets. Here are just a few of the false assumptions baked into the proposed securities transaction tax: 1. Congress actually cares about the deficit. Since when does Congress care about the ever growing.. Read more

A Well Spent Day

I recently attended the Rosenblatt Securities 2nd Annual Global Exchange CEO & Investor Conference in NYC. While nothing particularly new was uncovered during the event, there were a few interesting panel discussions that I believe warrant mentioning. The “High Frequency Panel” included panelists from Allston Trading, Lime Brokerage, Quantlab Financial, RGM Advisors and SAC Capital.. Read more

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