Flash Boys

Bradley Katsuyama, chief executive of the stock trading upstart IEX Group, made waves on Wall Street by playing the part of a disruptive innovator who said he believed the markets were “rigged.” But he adopted a softer tone on Tuesday in testimony prepared for a hearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations…Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and the ranking member of the panel, asked Mr. Katsuyama whether it was accurate to describe the market as “rigged.” Mr. Katsuyama said that term was “a word that can be used to describe” the disadvantages that certain investors suffer in the market, but he stopped short of endorsing it. “What it did was it gave our critics and people who are part of the problem a reason to talk about something else,” Mr. Katsuyama said. “It was a distraction which was unfortunate.” [Dealbook]

The SEC chair assures that nothing is fucked, vis-à-vis high frequency trading. Read more »

Michael Lewis produced a top-selling book by arguing that the U.S. stock market is rigged. To one of hedge-fund operator Citadel LLC’s top executives, small investors have never been more fortunate. “It’s one of the few markets in the world where the little guy gets a better deal than the big guy,” Jamil Nazarali, the head of Citadel Execution Services, said yesterday during a panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. “Things are much better today than they were 10 to 15 years ago.” [Bloomberg]

Unfortunately, the Aleynikov apparently didn’t quite measure up to be Michael Lewis’ muse, and so the world got Flash Boys. Read more »

Or so he told one Bloomberg reporter. Read more »

As you have more than likely heard, Michael Lewis’s 14th book was released yesterday. In Flash Boys, Lewis explores the world of high-frequency trading, focusing on a Canadian named Brad Katsuyama who left the Royal Bank of Canada to create trading platform called IEX, which “slow[s] down customers’ orders to stymie high-frequency traders,” who Katsuyama (and Lewis) believe hurt non-HFT investors. Some people, like the co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading, have applauded Lewis’s latest effort (“We believe Lewis’s book can have a big impact on complex market-structure issues that have been simmering for years,” he told Bloomberg). Others think it’s a piece of garbage they wouldn’t use as liner in their parakeet’s birdcage. Read more »


It’s about lowlives who spread falsehoods about Michael Lewis, with a subplot about the guy’s mom. Read more »