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David Weisberger

A Look at H.R. 1216 - The "Maker Taker Conflict of Interest REFORM Act"

While a pilot program focused on the most liquid stocks is not a bad idea, guest commentator David Weisberger said the notion of price controls as a singular solution, is.

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The SEC voted to require HFTs to register with Finra. Will this mandatory registration improve market oversight?



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ICAP Said to Weigh Spinoff of EBS-BrokerTec Unit

ICAP Plc, the world’s largest interdealer broker, is considering spinning off EBS-BrokerTec, a move that would separate its electronic trading operations from a lackluster unit that handles trades over the phone, according to people familiar with the matter.

New HFT Oversight Viewed as Hollow Victory for U.S. Regulators

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took its first shot last Wednesday at boosting regulation of high- speed traders. The industry says it dodged a blow.

Speed Traders Make Peanuts in Profits From Economic Data Plays

High-frequency traders treat the latest economic reports like predators stalking their prey, pouncing in tiny fractions of a second to buy or sell according to whether it was good news or bad. Despite this, one study suggests they are not raking in the bucks.

Articles

Demystifying Dodd-Frank

Commissioner Scott O'Malia of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is on a mission. He says the process of writing new over-the-counter derivative contract rules needs more transparency. Over the past year he has repeatedly called for more roundtables and public comment on how rules are written. Why is this important? Because these rules, among other things, will determine which OTC derivative contracts must go through a clearing process and which ones can continue to use the old bilateral, dealer-to-dealer model.

New Blood

Fresh-faced yet experienced graduates are entering investment firms in strong numbers. Traders looks at this crop of bright young things and the new skills and placing new demands on the buyside.

The New Topic

Some unintended consequences from the credit crisis of 2008 and the regulations that followed have come to light. Also, buyside firms are gathering their traders to rate the research and execution services from the sellside in relentlessly thorough scoring sessions.

A Clear Answer on HFT

High-frequency traders and supporters claim that HFT is helpful to the equity market. The data presents a starkly different story.

Better Data Emerges After Rules Battle

Once the fight for new regulations settled down, an unintended victor has emerged: the data and data systems used by today's traders.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Over the past year, the liquidity in emerging currencies grew in fits and starts quarter to quarter. Traders asked FX veterans for their outlook on the next 12 months.

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