HFT

Why High-Speed Trading Is Still a Huge Flash Crash Threat

On May 6, 2010, the Dow suddenly dropped 600 points and then just as quickly recovered, and high-frequency trading became a new economic bogeyman. But then, without its dangers being addressed, HFT slipped back into the shadows. Now, an upcoming report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission may finally change all that.

How the Bear Market Pundits Got It Wrong

The S&P 500 has rebounded 20% since its July 2010 low, which comes as bad news to perma-bears like Nouriel Roubini, Gary Shilling, and Bill Gross, all of whom predicted the opposite. This raises several questions about how stocks move, and why the pundits we hear say the things they do.

SEC to Vote on 'Naked Access' Ban

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a rule that would level the playing field between retail investors and high frequency traders. Under the proposed rule, unlicensed high-frequency traders will no longer be able to gain "naked access" to public markets through brokerages that rent out their access.