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STA's Toes Exhorts Stock Market to Learn from Auto Industry's Woes

in the wake of public outcry and government examination, STA president Jim Toes exhorts the stock market to learn from the auto industry's recent woes and follow its example of how to recover after a crisis.

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TECHNOLOGY: Thomson Reuters Ups OTC Data Coverage with BGC Pricing

– Thomson Reuters wants to give traders the most data that they can get for OTC Securities and has joined with BGC Partners to give it to them. The two companies forged a strategic agreement to expand customer access to the broker's OTC pricing data.

Highlights from the ITG 5th Annual Golf Event

– ITG's 5th Annual Golf Event was a summer event to attend. This event brought together buyside executives on the links of New Jersey. Over 80 market pros networked and received exposure to the agency-only firm's product offerings while enjoying time away from the concrete jungle and trading floor. Check out the festivities in this slideshow.

Credit Suisse CEO Backs Dark Pools Amid Barclays Scrutiny

– Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Brady Dougan said he remains confident in private trading venues following a probe into a dark pool operated by Barclays Plc.

SEC Outsider Invoking Ghosts of 2008 Pushes White to Toughen Up

– As the Securities and Exchange Commission worked overtime to finish the Volcker Rule last year, a new arrival warned her colleagues they were botching one of the key parts of the new U.S regulatory machine.

O'Brien Leaves BATS Global Markets

– William O'Brien is leaving BATS Global Markets. Immediately. Joe Ratterman, currently the chief executive officer, has reassumed the additional title of President of BATS Global Markets.

TECHNOLOGY: CITIC Expands Derivatives Business with FINCAD's F3 Analytics Solution

– FINCAD and CITIC are moving into the Far East trading markets. The goal - promote more efficient derivatives trading there.

Reputational Risk RIP

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

ICE’s Swap Execution Facility Head Barsoom to Leave in August

– Peter Barsoom, president of Intercontinental Exchange Inc.’s swap trading service, is leaving the company at the end of August.

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ALGO UPDATE: UBS Brings Low-Touch Trading to Derivatives

UBS has launched a new algorithm trading platform designed to handle more complicated equity derivatives and their strategies. The bulge firm's goal - make the trading of more complex Over-The-Counter derivatives as simple as trading cash equities.

New Equity Research Platform Coming from Buysider

Institutional investors looking for a research platform that covers equities, exchange traded funds and options can now get information from one of their own.

Working With Emerging Brokers

As pension funds move to use the services of minority and woman-owned brokerages, the buyside must move beyond the old-boy network of firms to include emerging brokers.

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?"

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.

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.

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