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  • 08/23/11--01:02: A New Era of Regulation
  • (Clearing & Settlement) The news reported by Reuters last week that the Securities Exchange Commission had been issuing subpoenas to high frequency trading firms, in addition to the recent voting in favour of systems to monitor high-volume traders, has raised concerns over future regulation.read more...

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    (Clearing & Settlement) The market turmoil of the last few weeks has left many fearing that we’re on our way to a repeat of 2008’s crash. With stocks plummeting on both sides of the Atlantic, there is a pervading nervousness in the market about where the current trend will ultimately lead.read more...

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    (CNBC - Gennine Kelly) High-frequency trading should not be broadly categorized as one strategy, Dick Grasso, the former chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange told CNBC Monday.read more...

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    (Guardian blog) With high frequency trading on the rise, a modest transaction tax could raise significant revenue for the global fight against poverty.read more...

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    (CNBC - John Melloy) High speed computer trading by funds with holding periods of sometimes just milliseconds are to blame for rising volatility, the disappearance of diversification and the death of individual stock picking, and the problem is going to get worse, say an number of traders and market strategists.read more...

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    (City AM) IN the high-frequency forex-trading sphere, it is latency of executions that grabs the headlines – that is the delay between an order being sent to a venue, and the venue executing that order. But as Dan Habscher, industry marketing manager for Progress Software points out, investing in low latency trading execution systems is simply your stake to buy a place at the high-frequency trading (HFT) table: “Ultra low latency is not enough in itself to make you a contender. You need to look beyond that to get the edge in the market.” So where should institutions look to eke out the most from their trading systems?read more...

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    (Reuters - David Sheppard & Jonathan Spicer) High-frequency trading firm Optiver Holding BV has set aside $19.3 million to deal with one of the biggest oil-manipulation cases ever brought by the U.S. futures regulator, according to a copy of the private firm's annual report obtained by Reuters.read more...

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    (TheAdvertiser.com - Ted Kaufman) Our historically free, fair and credible markets are in danger. Investors from all over the world once came here to invest because they believed in our markets’ transparency and fairness. We are losing some of those investors, as well as individual investors here at home, at an alarming rate.read more...

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    (Reuters) - Sweden wants to check whether high-frequency trades on the stock market increase volatility and could consider some form of regulation, the country's financial markets minister said on Wednesday.read more...

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    (Financial News - Tim Cave) US-based Getco, the secretive high-frequency trading firm, has delivered rare insight into its European strategy by revealing it has given its backing to the London Stock Exchange-owned trading venue Turquoise and is ready to "sponsor new entrants".

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    (The Trade News) Some high-frequency trading (HFT) techniques can exacerbate price swings and certain momentum strategies may have tried to profit from the recent market turmoil and may even have caused some volatility in order to extract information.read more...

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    (Futures magazine - Irene Aldridge) Over the past two years, public debate has increased on whether to regulate the maximum frequency of trading. The idea of regulation stems from a perception that the so-called high-frequency traders can move in and out of positions in milliseconds, “flipping” capital from one stock to another using market orders before the wider population of traders barely can blink. This perceived high speed of trading has been thought by some to disadvantage traders without access to high-speed technology, and regulators have been called in to level such inequalities.read more...

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    (CNBC - Antonya Allen) Contrary to popular belief, high frequency trading reduces volatility in stock markets rather than exacerbates it, according to new research by Professor Alex Frino at the University of Sydney Business School and CEO of Capital Markets Co-operative Research Centre.read more...

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    (Deutsche Welle) Franco-German plans for a Europe-wide tax on financial transactions are popular with many politicians - but less so with banks. While some experts see the tax as a cure-all, others consider it a recipe for disaster.read more...

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    100 days of Xetra Frankfurt specialist trading model / Early trading takes disproportionately large share of daily business 1. September 2011 Deutsche Börse: Deutsche Börse has enjoyed a successful first 100 days since it migrated floor trading to Xetra technology. Around 36,000 securities were transferred to the specialist model on 23 May. read more...

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    (Reuters - Hugh Jones) The Financial Services Authority has frozen the assets of firms it says manipulated share prices on the London Stock Exchange and other trading platforms, the latest sign of the regulator's more aggressive approach to suspected abuses.read more...

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    (Reuters - Jonathan Spicer) U.S. securities regulators have taken the unprecedented step of asking high-frequency trading firms to hand over the details of their trading strategies, and in some cases, their secret computer codes.read more...

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    (Advanced Trading - Justin Grant) During the first half of 2011, it was easy to sense that the Canadian dark pool market was beginning to take off and resemble that of the United States, where off-exchange trading accounts for more than a tenth of all equity trading volume.read more...

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    (Bloomberg - Ben Moshinsky) The U.K. financial regulator won an order barring a Swiss asset-management firm from using “layering” to manipulate shares, the second penalty this week involving the practice compared to high-frequency trading.read more...

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    (Business Weekly - Tony Quested) Having helped save Wall Street from the ravages of Hurricane Irene, software company Solarflare Communications is whipping up a storm of its own in the financial markets sector.read more...