The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street
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April 01 2014

Commentary by David Fuller

The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street

My thanks to an in-law for this adaptation by the International New York Times from Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis.  Here is a brief sample from an extensive article:

But as he talked to Wall Street investors, he came to realize that they were dealing with the same problem. He had a good friend who traded stocks at a big-time hedge fund in Stamford, Conn., called SAC Capital, which was famous (and soon to be infamous) for being one step ahead of the U.S. stock market. If anyone was going to know something about the market that Katsuyama didn’t know, he figured, it would be someone there. One spring morning, he took the train up to Stamford and spent the day watching his friend trade. Right away he saw that, even though his friend was using software supplied to him by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and the other big firms, he was experiencing exactly the same problem as RBC: He would hit a button to buy or sell a stock, and the market would move away from him. “When I see this guy trading, and he was getting screwed — I now see that it isn’t just me. My frustration is the market’s frustration. And I was like, ‘Whoa, this is serious.’ ”

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Here is the full article.

If you are interested in learning more about HFT, including what it means for the markets and how its most predatory policies can be contained, this adaptation is a good start.  

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