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They're BAAAAACK: The CIT Takeover of OneWest Bank

They’re BAAAAACK: The CIT Takeover of OneWest Bank

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Wow. I mean. Just, wow. You gotta love these guys. Two phrases came to mind when I read the headline today about CIT Group taking over OneWest Bank. First: “History does not repeat itself, but it certainly does rhyme.” And Second: “Madness consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a [&hellip

Batman strikes - Some Thoughts on Short Sellers

Batman strikes – Some Thoughts on Short Sellers

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Wall Street

In the bad old days of the 2008 Crisis, a casual reader of the financial news might have been fooled into thinking that “short-sellers,” those financial firms that bet on the price of some financial instrument (like a stock, or bond, or currency, or commodity) going down, rather than up, ranked on the financial attractiveness scale somewhere [&hellip

The Katsuyama Revolution Continues

The Katsuyama Revolution Continues

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Investing, Wall Street

The Wall Street Journal carries an update this morning on the main protagonist of Michael Lewis’ recent book Flash Boys, Brad Katsuyama and his newly launched (October 2013) exchange known as the Investor’s Exchange (IEX). One of my main questions left after reading the book is the viability of this newly launched exchange. Katsuyama & his [&hellip

Book Review: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Book Review: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

The Rise of the Machines Michael Lewis wrote Flash Boys to alert the non-finance world about the scourge of high frequency traders front-running investors and fracturing traditional capital markets. Lewis does not distinguish between quantitative (or algorithmic) trading strategies and high frequency trading firms (HFTs), although it’s helpful to define these terms first. Quantitative strategies [&hellip

Book Review: Inside the Black Box

Book Review: Inside the Black Box

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

I read Rishi Narang’s Inside the Black Box as a kind of primer on quantitative trading, in advance of reading Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. Need for a primer on quantitative trading I need a primer before reading Flash Boys for several reasons. I was an ‘over-the-counter’ institutional bond guy, rather than a participant in the exchange-traded [&hellip