SEC Expands Probe Into Whether Exchanges Favor HFT
The heightened regulatory scrutiny comes on the heels of a series of major technical glitches at capital markets firms that have damaged investor confidence.
November 20, 2012
As the spotlight continues to shine on the controversial practice of high frequency trading, regulators are now ramping up their probe of exchanges in an effort to pinpoint whether they are giving unfair trading advantages to sophisticated investors. The heightened regulatory scrutiny comes on the heels of a series of major technical glitches that have damaged investor confidence in today’s increasingly fast, electronic markets. High-profile technology snafus have recently hit Nasdaq, which seriously stumbled over Facebook’s IPO, BATS, which botched its own IPO and Knight Capital which suffered an embarrassing $440 million software malfunction that almost put the trading powerhouse out of business. With high-frequency trading now making up more than 50% of all trading volume, regulators are intent on investigating whether high speed traders are exploiting complex computer systems at exchanges in ways that can hurt regular investors, as well as whether exchange... Read full story on Wall Street & Technology
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