Edgar Perez, former McKinsey and IBM consultant, is a global expert, author of The Speed Traders, Knightmare on Wall Street, and the course director of The Speed Traders Workshop 2014 Singapore, “How Banks, Hedge and Mutual Funds and Brokers Battle Markets ‘RIGGED’ by Wall Street’s ‘Flash Boys’, High-frequency Trading, Exchanges and Dark Pools”.
New York, NY, USA (September 16, 2014) — Wall Street’s biggest high-frequency trading spokespeople are taking more fire lately from proactive regulators seeking to eliminate “abuses” in the controversial HFT markets. For instance, one HFT group that executes stock orders on high-speed platforms is trying to enlist experienced Washington players to defend its practices in the corridors of power.
Regulators are circling the wagons indeed. BATS Global Markets is said to be nearing a regulatory settlement over allegations it unfairly favored certain high-speed customers. This follows the abrupt departure last month of its CEO, Bill O’Brien, of CNBC fame. At the same time, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the SEC are pressing forward as some of the biggest dark-pool operators, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Barclays, are caught in the crossfire.
According to Mr. Edgar Perez, sophisticated regulation is necessary in Asia to avoid controversies as the ones mentioned above. Mr. Perez is the course director of The Speed Traders Workshop 2014 Singapore, “How Banks, Hedge and Mutual Funds and Brokers Battle Markets ‘RIGGED’ by Wall Street’s ‘Flash Boys’, High-frequency Trading, Exchanges and Dark Pools” (http://www.thespeedtradersworkshop.com). This seminar covers the latest research currently available and reveals how high-frequency trading players are operating in global markets and driving the development of electronic trading at breakneck speeds from the U.S. and Europe to Japan, India, and Brazil. The “flash crash”, the suspended BATS IPO, the botched Facebook IPO, Knight Capital’s trading malfunction and Nasdaq’s Flash Freeze are just a few of the milestones in the history of high-frequency trading that will be dissected with participants.
Knightmare on Wall Street, the fascinating story of Knight Capital put together by course director Edgar Perez, was the most favorably reviewed Kindle edition book on Amazon in 2013, with an average rating of 5 out of five stars. Knight Capital had seen its fortunes change as U.S. regulators made a series of changes in the structure of financial markets and computers were progressively expanding their share of trading. The Flash Crash, the notorious 1,000 point drop of the DJIA on May 6, 2010 (the largest one-day point decline in history), illustrated how market structure problems could almost instantaneously cascade from one market participant to the rest.
Mr. Perez is widely regarded as the preeminent global expert and speaker in the specialized areas of algorithmic and high-frequency trading. He is also author of The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, published in English, Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. He contributes to The New York Times, UltraHighFrequencyTrading.com and China’s International Finance News and Sina Finance.
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