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“Timestamp Fraud”: A Rigged Market Explained In One Simple Animation

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 04/19/2014 14:18

The topic of High-Frequency-Trading quickly dissolves into a smorgasbord of mnemonics and ‘inside-baseball’ technical terms – just complicated enough to lose everyone that matters or should care about its implications. Despite the fair-and-balanced defense from the mainstream media business channels (sponsored by the belief in [...]

The Crime of HFT Is ‘Freelance Manipulation’ Not Market Distortion

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / April 18, 2014

The problems of HFT … Never mind Michael Lewis. The most interesting and provocative thing to be written of late about financial innovation in general, and high-frequency trading in particular, comes from Joe Stiglitz. The Nobel prize-winning economist delivered a wonderful and fascinating speech at the [...]

“Holy Grail” HFT Firm Virtu Questioned By NY AG

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/18/2014 11:08 -0400

Having the trade record of Bernie Madoff and the braggadocio of a WWF wrestler was just too much for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to ignore. Rigged Market HFT Poster-child, and recent-delayed IPO, Virtu Financial has received a letter of inquiry from the AG’s office [...]

Several Factors Suggest A Big Move Is Coming For Gold

investmentresearchdynamics.com / April 17, 2014

Thank God for the manipulation. Could be collateral stress? We get to buy at lower prices. I just wish they manipulated the price of food, clothing and shelter lower as well. – Comment from a reader

There’s no question about it – the Fed and the Government’s taxpayer-funded Exchange Stabilization [...]

IEX Records Its Highest Volume Day Yet

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/16/2014 15:59 -0400

In a curious departure from convention, the Goldman-backed, HFT-evading pseudo dark pool IEX, made famous in Michael Lewis’ blockbuster “Flash Boys” has decided to post daily volume stats of its operations. And whether it is due to the advertising by the iconic bookwriter, or because increasingly [...]

HFT Firm CEO Seeks Taxpayer Dollars To Save His Hockey Team

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/15/2014 21:12 -0400

The Florida Panthers finished this season with the 2nd lowest points total in the NHL and drew the 2nd lowest average attendance of 14,200 fans per home game. The team is losing $25 million annually. All of this is the exact opposite situation of the [...]

How the CEO of HFT Firm Virtu Financial is Demanding a Taxpayer Bailout in Florida

libertyblitzkrieg.com / By Michael Krieger / April 15, 2014

What the financial crisis, subsequent taxpayer bailouts, zero prosecutions of financial industry participants and further consolidation of the economy by oligarchs has taught us more than anything else is that the super rich and politically connected are not allowed to fail. Apparently, this may also apply [...]

HFT Purge Begins: SEC Prepares To “Remove” Some High Frequency Trading Firms

zerohedge.com / Tyler Durden / 04/13/2014 09:47 -0400

Ever since Goldman’s anti-HFT Op-Ed less than a month ago, and since the even more recent full-hearted support by Goldman of Michael Lewis’ most recent entry into the anti-HFT crusade (one promoting the Goldman-supported IEX exchange), one thing has been clear: the days of market structure in [...]

The End Game For The United States Will Be Catastrophic

kingworldnews.com / April 12, 2014

Today the man who had his interview censored and entirely erased out of a CNBC segment warned King World News that the the end game for the United States will be catastrophic. This is an incredibly powerful piece with Michael Pento, the man who someone in an ivory tower made [...]

The HFT Blowback Continues: Fidelity Creates New Trading Venue

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/10/2014 20:49 -0400

In what the firm believes will be an improvement over other so-called dark pools because it will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms, WSJ reports that the giant fund manager is quietly building a new trading venue designed to let big money managers sidestep many [...]

The Problem With HFT Explained In One Chart

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/10/2014 13:59 -0400

For all the sudden fury at HFT in the aftermath of the Michael Lewis 60 Minutes interview which merely served to underscore Goldman’s dramatic U-turn on all things market structure-y, the reality is that, as we have explained over the years, high frequency strategies are not [...]

Forget HFT: The 4 Greatest Risks To Investors Now

streettalklive.com / By Lance Roberts/Richard Rosso / 09 April 2014

The financial media discussions regarding high-frequency trading have reached a fevered pitch. No pun intended as the igniter of this public relations flame is famous author of “Money Ball” Michael Lewis who has been making the television circuit promoting his new book “Flash Boys.”

Heated [...]

Is Desperation Setting In?

investmentresearchdynamics.com / April 9, 2014

Central banks in the West are emptying their vaults in an attempt to maintain the illusion that the national currencies they manage are immune to monetary debasement. The central banks are trying to perpetuate a system in which governments believe they can borrow and print money endlessly to fulfill the [...]

“Alpha”

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/09/2014 14:43 -0400

Here is what we said in our latest comment on hedge fund positioning from this weekend.

“As Goldman adds: “Short holdings created problems by rising 130 bp more than S&P 500 YTD.” Gee, where have we seen this before, not to mention predicted this would happen? [...]

Have They Decided To “Get Out Of The Way?”

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Bill Holter / April 9th, 2014

Yesterday the Wall Street journal wrote that Goldman Sachs may be in the process of shutting down their “Sigma X” dark pool clearing. Little more than 2 weeks ago they first announced that they would no longer “play” in the HFT games and followed this by [...]

Triple Whammy Shocker: Goldman Shutting Down Sigma X?

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/08/2014 19:27 -0400

Back on March 21, before the release of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys and before the infamous 60 Minutes interview, when Goldman COO Gary Cohn wrote his infamous WSJ Op-ed bashing HFT, it was clear that something was afoot. That something became promptly clear when it was [...]

HFT Trader Busted For Spoofing Nearly Cheated His Way To The Top Of CNBC’s Million-Dollar Challenge

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/07/2014 20:55 -0400

On Friday, we reported that in the latest in a long series regulatory crack downs of low grade high frequency traders – because obviously nobody will touch the big boys – the “SEC busted HFT firms for “tricking people into trading at artificial prices.” What is [...]

High-Frequency Trading and the Shrinking Trust Horizon

dollarcollapse.com / By John Rubino / April 7, 2014

The list of markets where big players are cheating the rest of us (and each other) keeps growing. First there was the Libor interest rate, then foreign exchange, then gold. And now comes high-frequency trading (HFT), where Wall Street banks use supercomputers to monitor incoming stock [...]

The Father Of High Speed Trading Speaks: “The Market We Created Is A Casino; A Complete Mess; A Rigged Game”

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/07/2014 18:42 -0400

While simplistic economist hacks and conflicted industry practitioners who stand to lose their entire revenue stream should HFT be liquidated, not to mention pagreview trolling journos, are suddenly not only experts in HFT, but are convinced allegations that high frequency trading rigs markets are blown out [...]

1215095 – The Flash Boys Mystery Solved

zerohedge.com / By Sal Arnuk and Joe Saluzzi via Themis Trading / 04/07/2014 13:32 -0400

The blog posts and defenses of high frequency trading in the past week have come with dizzying high frequency. They have taken the form of blog postings by knowns (Larry Tabb) and unknowns (Scott Locklin). Reuters, who sells high speed [...]

Are We Heading For Another 1987-Style Crash?

gainspainscapital.com / By Graham Summers / April 7, 2014

Good Morning Investors

The big story developing in the US markets regards the sudden crackdown by regulators, most notably the SEC and Justice Department, on High Frequency Trading or HFT.

For well over five years now, certain trading firms have been using high-speed computers to front-run [...]

The ONE Revelation about HFT Programs that Truly Scares Bankers (Hint: It’s About Gold & Silver)

smartknowledgeu.com / By JS Kim / April 7th, 2014 10:19 am

Last week, the big story was how bankers use HFT (High Frequency Trading) algorithmic software not only to rig markets but also to commit theft on a daily basis (Frontrunning, like Quantitative Easing, is just fancy Wall Street lingo to disguise its true meaning [...]

Phase III- Annihilation in the Precious Metals Markets…”Are You Serious?”

news.goldseek.com / By Rambus / 7 April 2014

Three Phases of a Bear Market

The Route to Phase III

The conclusions of this study come from a review of the major bear markets of the past 150 years. It is original work as not much wall street brain power has been devoted towards bear markets [...]

High Frequency Trading: All You Need To Know

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 04/06/2014 16:48

In the aftermath of Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys” there has been a renewed surge in interest in High Frequency Trading. Alas, much of it is conflicted, biased, overly technical or simply wrong. And since we can’t assume that all those interested have been followed our 5 [...]

On Lewis and HFT

brucekrasting.com / BRUCE KRASTING / SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014

I’m amazed at what’s happened since the Mike Lewis/60 Minutes interview. It’s like the book has unearthed some heretofore unknown information. As a result of these ‘revelations’ the Press has gone mad (it’s a global story), and the FBI, SEC and DoJ have announced they are [...]

HFT Extracting “Billions” of Dollars from Investors, Says Expert

financialsense.com / BY FS STAFF / 04/04/2014

Is the stock market rigged?

Michael Lewis’ new controversial book, “Flash Boys,” certainly paints such a picture where he shows how lightning fast computers trading in and out of positions faster than humans can blink are taking advantage of investors in ways that would be illegal if [...]

Trader Talks About HFT Rigging in Gold Markets…WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE FROM KITCO?!

roadtoroota.com / Bix Weir / Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:50 PM

Kitco, of all places, has posted an interview with a gold trader in which he describes how COMEX price rigging is accomplished through High Frequency Trading. You can find it here: Can HFT “Spoof” Gold Ahead of Jobs – Vince Lanci http://www.kitco.com/news/video/show/Reset/627/2014-04-03/Can-HFT-Spoof-Gold-Ahead-Of-Jobs—Vince-Lanci What is [...]

5 Things To Ponder: “The Market Is Rigged” Edition

streettalklive.com / Lance Roberts / Friday, 04 April 2014

The “big story” this week was obviously Michael Lewis’ new book “The Flash Boys” which brought to light the potentially negative impact of high frequency trading (HFT). This is not new news. I first started writing about this very important issuein June, 2011:

Program trading accounts [...]

SP 500 and NDX Futures Daily Charts – And Here Comes the Rinse

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / April 4, 2014

On Wednesday in the stock market commentary I said that “the wash cycle is almost done.”

And indeed is was, as on little weak economic news today the stock market took a serious nosedive, led by the momentum stocks. Stocks peeled off much of the paint that was applied to [...]

SEC Busts HFT Firms For “Tricking People Into Trading At Artificial Prices”

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/04/2014 14:07 -0400

On Monday, in “High Frequency Trading: Why Now And What Happens Next” we predicted that “the high freaks are about to become the most convenient, and “misunderstood” scapegoat, for when the market finally does crash. Which means that those HFT-associated terms which very few recognize now, [...]