New York official seeks curbs on high-frequency traders

I hope PM, Dep PM and MAS read this.

New York official seeks curbs on high-frequency traders
Tue Mar 18 15:02:13 UTC 2014
By Karen Freifeld

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general urged U.S. stock exchanges and other venues on Tuesday to limit services that he said provided unfair advantages to high-frequency traders and undermined confidence in the markets.

The stock exchanges allow traders to locate their computer servers within trading venues, armed with extra network bandwidth and high-speed switches that give them access to pricing, volume and order information ahead of others, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

"Rather than curbing the worst threats posed by high-frequency traders, our markets, as structured today, are increasingly too focused on catering to them," he said in prepared remarks at a symposium hosted by New York Law School.

Schneiderman has begun meetings with the exchanges and alternative trading venues to discuss reforms, according to a person familiar with the situation.

A spokeswoman for the New York Stock Exchange declined comment. A Nasdaq spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

Among the practices Schneiderman called into question were "co-location," which allows firms who pay a fee - typically thousands of dollars a month - to locate their computer servers within the exchanges' data centers.

Co-location reduces by milliseconds the time it takes to transmit, long enough for "predatory" high-speed traders to benefit and for the markets to suffer.

For instance, he said, the traders look for arbitrage opportunities between and among venues to capture momentary differences in stock prices.

The firms also artificially inflate prices, he said, by detecting a big trade from an institutional investor and positioning themselves on the other side.

Institutional investors have been forced to develop strategies to hide their orders from these traders, such as by routing the orders into alternative venues known as "dark pools," which are less regulated, Schneiderman said.

He suggested reforms for stock exchanges, such as a proposal by University of Chicago economists that they process orders in batches rather than continuously, to ensure that price trumps technology in deciding who obtains a trade.

Schneiderman has been conducting a sweeping investigation of early access to data. Last month, Berkshire Hathaway's Business Wire said it would no longer sell potentially market-moving press releases directly to high frequency-trading companies after months of discussion with his office....


Anonymous said...

Will he suceed or can he succeed? Who had the clout to design that system and to benefit whom?

Just remember that power corrupts and absolutely power always rests with the ones controlling the financial system. They made it that way to reap all the advantages. Fair or unfair is not on their moral compass.

Anonymous said...

In New York the bankers and fund managers are so rich and powerful that they oiled the palms of the lawmakers to allow this criminal act to practise in the NYSE.

But when the losses are so severe, it is a matter of time before they criminalise this and put the regulators in jail.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Ha ha ha. Good luck lah. HFT is here to stay, and algo trading will continue to evolve into who-the-fuck-knows-what.

When there is an "unfair advantage" to be made in the realm of making money, humans become exceptionally driven and creative. Now they've invented machines which are far superior to humans, do you really think anyone can wind back the clock?

People, get real lah.

Anonymous said...

Why did sgx install fast engines. What did they want to accomplish.what is the answer.

Anonymous said...

Simple, to allow computer traders to make money from the innocent investors.

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