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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

An interesting investment paper

An interesting investment paper

By The Banker | How Not To Invest, Investing, Wall Street

Today I will run the risk of re-posting somebody else’s work many months after others have had a chance to read it, on the assumption that non-professional readers do not spend their day scouring investment blogs for clever reading material. The much greater risk, I think, is that thoughtful work goes unread by people who [&hellip

Executive Pay with Equity Awards: It Takes a Buffett to Push This Agenda

Executive Pay with Equity Awards: It Takes a Buffett to Push This Agenda

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

I recently pointed out the absurdity of certain executive pay packages which result from stock or stock option awards. Rather than matching “pay to performance” as proponents claim, the equity awards to executives often create absurd payouts for bad performance, or substitute lucky timing for skill. If the stock goes up during an executive’s tenure, or even [&hellip

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story - Yahoo!

A Fascinating Executive Compensation Story – Yahoo!

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Every once in a while – ok, every couple of weeks – we get hit in the head with a new example of how “executive compensation” and “executive performance” have close to zero correlation in practice. The key to this disconnect is typically “incentive pay” through company stock or stock options. This week’s story about Yahoo’s [&hellip