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Bill Harts

Modern Markets Shares Minutes from Meeting with Members and Others

Modern Markets Initiative shared with Traders the comings and goings at a recent meeting they had recently conducted with some of its member firms and the staff of a prominent national opinion leader. MMI said that it was surprised at how much basic misinformation about HFT persists and shared the conversation right here.

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The Chinese are taking swift and drastic actions to combat its equity market problems of late. Are these actions good for the market or are they a bad idea?

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Lawsuits Inspired by ‘Flash Boys’ Get Tossed by U.S. Judge

Michael Lewis may have spelled out the supposed menace of high-frequency trading in his bestseller “Flash Boys.” What he didn’t do is provide a basis for investors to sue stock exchanges or banks.

Dark Pools Were the Losers as U.S. Markets Saw Volume Spurt

Add dark pools to the list of losers during Monday’s rout in the U.S. stock market.

IEX Says Reporting Transaction Sizes in Bunched Fashion In Contrast to Rule 603

IEX, the buyside-sponsored trading alternative trading venue, has filed a comment letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission against recent proposed changes to the way prices and transaction sizes are reported to the Consolidated Tape Association.

Articles

Once Burned, Twice Shy

Continued adoption of electronic FX trading is increasing demand for performance measurement while providing the necessary execution data to calculate it.

Mixing Soft Dollars and Bitcoin?

A proposal to use the virtual currency for brokerage fees could be too tempting for those in the financial arena.

Buyside Can Now Grade Its Brokers

The buyside can now grade the performance of its brokers, evaluating how the services they provide-such as research, management access or execution-stand up to one another.

EZE Adds TCA

Order and execution management systems vendor Eze Software Group will incorporate Markit's transaction-cost analysis product into its OMS.

Levinson TCA via Charles River

Institutional brokerage S.J. Levinson & Sons and vendor Charles River formed a partnership to distribute Levinson's transaction-cost analysis software through Charles River's trading and portfolio management system.

ConvergEx Offers Real-Time TCA on Child Orders

ConvergEx Group has begun to offer clients detailed transaction-cost analysis in real time for every child order sent, not just the initial order.

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