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Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

Book Review: Flash Boys: Not So Fast by Pete Kovac

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

Peter Kovac wrote Flash Boys: Not So Fast, as a point-by-point refutation of the major premises of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. At the end of Kovac’s book – well actually, after just the first few pages – you’re left with the strong impression that Lewis wrote a tale built on speculation about a dramatic – [&hellip

Book Review: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

Book Review: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

By The Banker | Book Reviews

My latest book recommendation for anyone who, basically, knows how to read: Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott. It’s a bit hard to describe exactly why you, specifically, may need to read this book. But I’m assuming: Each one of us needs to work on our soul in some way, at [&hellip

Would You Like To Understand High Frequency Trading?

Would You Like To Understand High Frequency Trading?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Wall Street

My friend Pete Kovac got so peeved about Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys that he wrote a response, in the form of a book, called Flash Boys Not So Fast – An Insider’s Perspective On High Frequency Trading. The highly unusual part about this book is that high frequency trading up until now has basically been [&hellip

Excerpt From Critique of Michael Lewis' Flash Boys

Excerpt From Critique of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Wall Street

Pete Kovac, a friend who worked for a quantitative trading firm, got in touch with me soon after Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys came out last Spring to let me know he thought the book had serious errors. My friend became so alarmed at the Michael Lewis version of quant trading – which appears to have [&hellip

Book Review: A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Book Review: A Random Walk Down Wall Street

By The Banker | Book Reviews, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

First published forty years ago, A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel is one of those books – much like Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor – more referred to than actually read. Malkiel’s central thesis – that equity markets are so efficient at pricing stocks relative to their risk that the vast majority of [&hellip