31 July 2009
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High Frequency Hysteria: Setting the Record Straight
The Financial Times has asked us to write a commentary piece about high-frequency trading. We just submitted it today, so it has yet to be published (it will appear under Justin’s byline, thus the occasional “I” instead of “we.”) But given the timeliness of the issue we thought it appropriate to circulate to clients sooner rather than later. Please note that this is just a preview of a larger paper, which we intend to distribute shortly and will provide far more detail on the topic.
It finally happened.
After years of operating in obscurity, high-frequency traders have been thrust into the public spotlight. What started with a publicity-hungry critic or two ranting on the Internet has given way to breathless, cautionary media coverage — and questions from Washington policy makers.