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Anyone for Tea and Sympathy with Beleaguered HFT Firms?

Guest columnist John Bates wonders if anyone feels bad for the high-frequency trading firms that are now facing lawsuits, sluggish markets and regulators.

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Chicago Traders Gamble For Scholarships

– More scenes from the Security Traders Association of Chicago's poker tournament for the STAC Scholarship Fund.

SEC Examines Wrap Trading Practices

– Is trading away from a sponsor a bad thing? Can best execution be achieved given the troubling problems of sponsor rotation? The analysts at CAPIS don't think so and say with the right tools trading away is OK.

TMX to Change Equity Bourse Rules to Slow High-Speed Traders

– TMX Group Ltd., the operator of Canada’s largest stock exchange, announced a plan to slow down high-frequency traders and simplify the nation’s equity markets.

Can Barclays Dark Pool Regain Its Near Top Ranking?

– Barclays Plc will never recover its second-place ranking among U.S. dark pool operators because a lawsuit alleging it lied to customers has permanently damaged its reputation, according to Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd.

STAC The Deck Poker Tournament Part 1

– Scenes from the Security Traders Association of Chicago's poker tournament for scholarships.

Goldman, BoA and Morgan Stanley Top N American Equity Derivative Brokers

– Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley have all maintained their top 3 positions and rankings as the leading brokers of flow equity derivatives to North American institutional investors.

SEC Rejects Non-Transparent ETFs in Active Manager Setback

– The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejected plans by BlackRock Inc. and Precidian Investments to open a new type of exchange-traded fund that wouldn’t disclose holdings daily.

Europe Speed-of-Light Trading Grows With McKay Data Network

– McKay Brothers International plans to activate a microwave data link covering 370 miles - enabling two major financial centers to trade at nearly the speed of light.

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Palo Alto FX Trader Looks for Volatility

Daniel Lucas of Merk Investments is leading the foreign exchange charge in the buyside firm’s offices in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Why Trading Floors Are Shrinking

A wave of ground-breaking innovation and lower volumes has forced floor traders to face a new reality: a smaller, more intimate trading floor.

ALGO UPDATE: Pragma Offers Spot FX Currency Algos

The $5.4 trillion currency market is going electronic and Pragma is getting in the game now with its own algorithms targeting the $2 trillion spot market. The service bureau provider will start offering a variety of algorithms specifically for FX, ranging from simple TWAP to more complex liquidity seekers that minimize market impact.

In the CARDS - Is Finra's Data System Protecting Brokers or Investors?

Guest columnist Robert Stowksy reviews how FINRA's use of broker data to protect investors is under attack and asks the question, "Are they protecting investors or covering for bad brokers?"

TRADERS ON THE MOVE: ConvergEx Hires a Trio of Pros; Farrington Flies With Eagle

Agency-only broker and technology firm ConvergEx has hired a trio of market professionals to help it expand it's global reach while Eagle Investment Systems brought on Greg Farrington as it new head of sales. Bulge bracket broker UBS has hired Pierre Vermaak for its newly formed FRC team.

Reputational Risk RIP

Today, a $5 billion fine is the cost of doing business. How can any Wall Street firm take risk seriously?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Flash Boys' Burns HFT

Traders' reviews the controversial Michael Lewis tome 'Flash Boys' and how it has changed the way Americans think about high-frequency trading "if they even thought about it all" and its impact that may be seen in new regulations.

The Long Compliance Race

In an industry dominated by speed, where short-term success is dependent on decisions made faster than the blink of an eye, guest commentator Mark Knoll said that getting traders to focus on the long-term impact of regulatory changes is like trying to get a world class sprinter to think like a marathon runner.

CLEARING: CME's Sprague Warns About Failure to Settle Clearing Impasse

Traders spoke to Suzanne Sprague, executive director of collateral and risk for CME Clearing about the impasse, how to resolve it, and what it means for the clearing market.

HFT Hype Should Give Way to Serious Market Discussion, Experts Say

With the immediate furor over Michael Lewis's book, Flash Boys, finally dying down, many market players are hoping the receding hype gives way to a discussion of the real problems and possible solutions to some of the issues the book brought up - namely market structure.

ALGO UPDATE: Neonet Readies Algos for Europe; U.S. to Follow

Swedish agency-broker Neonet has a simple business strategy – offer its algorithms and electronic trading solutions first to its native European equity trading clients, and then cross the Atlantic and enter the U.S. equity markets.

Watch the Fiscal Rocks

Modern Network's Tim Quast discusses Michael Lewis's cage-rattling bestseller about high-speed trading, "Flash Boys," and how it left one thing out. Quast notes Lewis didn't say why exchanges pay fast traders. The answer spotlights the importance of getting right whatever corrective market-structure measures may come.

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