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Robert Stowsky

Angry at HFT? Point the Finger at Reg NMS

Traders columnist Robert Stowsky dissects how Regulation NMS, and its mandate to promote market efficiency and not equality, is at the heart of the ongoing debate surrounding market structure.

Traders Poll

With all the talk around HFTs and their trading practices coming under the microscope, do you expect more state regulators and officials to begin examining HFT practices - just like with Big Tobacco?

Yes

81%

No

12%

Just Congress and the Federal Goverment

8%

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Credit Suisse Sees March ETF Growth, Led by Domestic Equity

Equity exchange traded funds have pushed into positive territory for the month of March, finally surpassing fixed-income funds.

ETF Investors Spurn Bonds With $7.3B Leaving Fixed Income

ETF participants yanked $1.5 billion from fixed income yesterday, pushing withdrawals over the past five days to $7.3 billion.

Round-the-Clock Crimea Crisis Stokes Russian ETFs Trading Surge

Investors have sought to hedge their assets in Russia as they gauge whether the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War will escalate.

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Fund Fight

For years, exchange-traded fund trading volume surged. Now, it’s slumping too. Nasdaq, NYSE and BATS are now slugging it out with incentives, new order types and a new ETF-focused exchange to resuscitate trading.

Exchange-Traded Future

The major exchange operators are in pitched battle to win market share and build up volume of trading in exchanged-traded funds.

SEC Tackles Market Maker Payments

The Securities and Exchange Commission is set to decide by Dec. 8 whether to approve proposals by the Nasdaq Stock Market and NYSE Arca to permit sponsors of exchange-traded funds to pay broker-dealers for making a market in their securities.

BofA Merrill Expands ETF Algo

Bank of America Merrill Lynch plans to expand the number of exchange-traded funds traded by its ETF-specific algo. Known as ETF-aXe, the two-year-old algo currently trades 300 ETFs. The new editions could include funds that go beyond just U.S. stocks.

PIMCO's Eyes Are Fixed on ETFs

With the current volatility of the equities markets, investors know they need to have exposure to bonds, but they often desire the ease and liquidity of equities, which can be provided by exchange-traded funds. Customers want fixed-income safety and stock convenience, which has driven PIMCO-the don of bonds-into the world of ETFs.