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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

Mortgage Lending Made Easy Makes Me Uneasy

Mortgage Lending Made Easy Makes Me Uneasy

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Yesterday was a pretty big day in the slow unwinding of post-crisis mortgage-lending policy making, according to the Wall Street Journal. I’m not going to jump up and down and declare that this latest negotiated relaxation of federal mortgage standards means we’re back to the pre-Crisis madness. On the other hand, it appears that all [&hellip

More On Actively Managed Equity Mutual Funds

More On Actively Managed Equity Mutual Funds

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Personal Finance, Wall Street

Lately I’ve taken to saying boldly and loudly to anyone who asks my opinion (and some who don’t!) that every academic study ever done on actively managed (high cost) mutual funds vs. passively managed index (low cost) mutual funds shows that, in aggregate, the actively managed funds under-perform the passively managed funds by approximately the [&hellip

Michael Lewis Still Says It Better Than Anyone

Michael Lewis Still Says It Better Than Anyone

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

When Bankers Anonymous hands out its annual awards for the best “recovering banker” essays of the year, the black tie crowd typically goes on chattering amongst themselves, unheeding the speaker at the stage holding the golden microphone trophies. Why? Becuase they know that Michael Lewis will win the best essay trophy once again. Like clockwork. It’s [&hellip