David Weisberger
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Stop the BS & Promote Real Transparency!

In this shared blog, David Weisberger says a recent WSJ article is wrong and that traders do need to purchase faster and more comprehensive market data to avoid being fined for violating "Best Execution" obligations.

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Traders Insights Guidelines

Traders publishes contributed pieces online and in print in our Insights section. The editors decide what articles make it into print – depending on deadlines, topics, quality of the article and other criteria.

Traders covers the buyside – asset managers, pension funds, hedge funds and prop shops. We do not cover day traders. Our readers manage billions and trade in the tens of millions.

If this is for print we have a word count – 750 for one page, 1400 for two pages. Do not exceed, please.

The hottest topics for Traders are market structure and the continuing changes in the relationship between the buyside and sellside. If you write something with the headline “Bad News, Sellside: The Buyside Doesn’t Want Your Measly Offerings” the web volume will explode. Other hot topics are HFT, dark pools, insider trading, regulations, dark pools, and so forth.

If you must include a chart, only use one for a two-page piece. The chart must be clear and concise and the data should not be so small that readers have to squint to glean the info. We will kill the chart if it offers no value. (You probably don’t need a chart.)

No self-promotion! This is iron clad. If you’re submitting something from a vendor, anything that says, “Banks needs to buy solutions that do X, which we happen to sell,” we will not publish it. That’s like a creep walking into a bar and saying “beautiful women should date me because I happen to be me.”

Tell us something important. What do our readers need to know? What will help them with their jobs and the company’s bottom line? If there is a new law or regulation coming down the pike, tell us about what they need to do NOW to meet the requirement. Banks always put off implementing new technology and answering new laws even though they’re flush with cash. Fines are no big deal so you have to state the case.

Give a success story. We know you cannot name names but give us a case study with an unnamed hedge fund and how you helped them with Challenge X. Give metrics. How did it help them? People love that.

Take a stand. If you hate a new law, tell us. Don’t be wishy washy. Tell us why it will harm the way we do business.

Wake us up. Be clever. Check out Buzzfeed and see how they write a piece. You will stand out.

Magazine English, please. This is not a tech journal or an address to Parliament. Have a pulse.

Only 3 bullet points per article if you have to use them – and you don’t. You wouldn’t believe the losers who copy and paste their musty, soul-deadening Powerpoint slides into MS Word and think it is ready for a magazine. This will not be read and will be returned.

Give a short history lesson. Who is the Flash Crash like the Paper Crisis of the late 1960s? Tell us!

We need a headline, a deck and a 2 sentence bio of the author.

We will need a hi-rez headshot of the author, too. It should be at least 300-dpi and be about the size of your open hand when held against the monitor.


In this week's Flashback Friday story, Traders Magazine asks the question, is there still a "magic number" where off board trading hurts the market and if so, what is it?

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