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Tracking the news & writing the history of High-Frequency Trading
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The highly anticipated IEX stock exchange has finally come to fruition, after its lead role in a book by Michael Lewis called “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt”. The exchange started trading on Friday with a rather sluggish kick-off, as it opened with just two stocks; Vonage and Windstream Holdings, with many others likely to follow in the coming weeks. (Markets Daily, 21 Aug 2016)

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After a long fight for approval against resistance from the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq exchange, IEX’s public trading platform began trading in an initial two stocks, with plans to handle all 8,000 listed firms by the end of a two-week ramp-up. (Gulf News, 21 Aug 2016)

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Dark pools are networks of privately held trading forums, exchanges or markets that provide a platform for the anonymous trading of securities. Dark pools facilitate non-exchange-based trading practices between broker-dealer firms and investors interested in placing orders for the trade of specific securities outside of public scrutiny. (FXCM, 21 Aug 2016)

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The humans are losing, the computers are winning, and the hedge fund game is changing. The hot topic in hedge fund land right now is the rise of the computer-driven investing, or funds that use complex mathematical models to bet on markets. (Business Insider UK, 18 Aug 2016)

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Finance is an industry driven by innovation, and it was one of the first industries adapting to quantitative techniques to solve difficult problems. (Market Mogul, 17 Aug 2016)

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Credit Suisse Group AG is pushing into Wall Street’s battle for tech-savvy quant analysts, hiring former Acadian Asset Management executive Matthew Rothman to create a global team helping big investors sort oceans of data to make stock picks. (The Edge Markets, 19 Aug 2016)

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Today, Two Sigma is the fastest growing hedge fund on Wall Street. It manages some $35 billion and made its two founders, Siegel and John Overdeck, billionaires themselves. Quant funds like those managed by Two Sigma and Renaissance Technologies have been consistently posting solid returns in recent years while most other hedge fund strategies centered around the trading decisions of human beings have struggled mightily. (Forbes, 17 Aug 2016)

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Volatile markets represent a key risk to investors, but algorithmic trading enables a way to use this volatility to one’s advantage. Mediatrix Capital’s managed account strategy, for example, has just completed its 32nd straight month of positive client gains. Through the last three years, there has been recession, war, terror attacks, the Swiss decoupling from the Euro as well as Brexit – just to name a few major impactful events. (Equities.com, 15 Aug 2016)

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Credit Suisse Group AG is pushing into Wall Street’s battle for tech-savvy quant analysts, hiring former Acadian Asset Management executive Matthew Rothman to create a global team helping big investors sort oceans of data to make stock picks. (Bloomberg, 17 Aug 2016)

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As the market approaches the one-year anniversary of the August 24 sell-off, exchange traded fund providers and market exchanges have come together to outline new rules for more orderly early morning trades to avoid another mini flash crash. (NASDAQ, 16 Aug 2016)
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