HFT Who’s Who Joining me at High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 London

Posted on March 12, 2013. Filed under: Conference, Event Announcements, Exchanges, Practitioners, Regulations | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mr. Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders and the forthcoming Knightmare on Wall Street

Mr. Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders and the forthcoming Knightmare on Wall Street

A who’s who of the high-frequency trading world will be joining me next week at Golden Networking’s High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 London, “Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges”, March 21, forum that will provide attendees in London with the most up-to-date review of where this ever-changing industry stands through an inspiring keynote speeches and thought-provoking panels with leaders in the field:

  • Professor Alex Preda, Professor of Accounting, Accountability and Financial Management, King’s College
  • Ms. Arlene McCarthy, Vice Chair – Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee and Draftsperson, Market Abuse Directive, European Parliament
  • Ms. Carol Clark, Sr. Policy Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Mr. Chris Skinner, Chairman, Financial Services Club
  • Professor Daniel Beunza, Lecturer, London School of Economics
  • Professor Dave Cliff, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
  • Mr. David Mills, Sales Director EMEA, Azul Systems
  • Mr. Giovanni Beliossi, Managing Partner, FGS Capital
  • Mr. Hirander Misra, Chairman, Forum Trading Solutions
  • Professor Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Lecturer, London School of Economics
  • Dr. Magrino Bini, Statistical Arbitrage Portfolio Manager, Millennium Partners
  • Mr. Philip Stafford, FT Trading Room Deputy Editor, Financial Times
  • Professor Philip Treleaven, Director, PhD, Centre in Financial Computing, UCL
  • Mr. Philippe Guillot, Executive Director of the Markets Division, Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF)
  • Mr. Sam Tyfield, Partner, Vedder Price, P.C.
  • Mr. Stuart Theakston, Head of Research and Automated Trading, GLC
  • Dr. Tommi A. Vuorenmaa, Head of Research & Trading, Valo Research and Trading
  • Mr. VJ Angelo, Director, Global Markets Exchange Group
  • Professor Walter Distaso, Professor of Financial Econometrics, Imperial College London

High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013, “Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges” (http://www.HFT-Leaders-Forum.com) will bring insights for investors and speed traders who need to protect and refine their competitive advantage in a world dominated by algorithmic and high-frequency trading. Recognized practitioners, regulators, experts, and strategists will return to High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 to provide attendees with the information they are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

Topics that will be discussed at High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 (http://www.HFT-Leaders-Forum.com) include the movement toward emerging markets, every time more attuned to the use of bots, the regulatory environment, how new technologies are changing the game, including a look at the upcoming regulatory changes that no doubt will be precipitated by Knight Capital’s trading glitch.

High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 (http://www.high-frequency-trading-conference.com) is produced by Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors.

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The Speed Traders’ Edgar Perez to CNBC’s Oriel Morrison, Criticism of High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon Unfair

Posted on June 24, 2011. Filed under: Event Announcements, Exchanges, Flash Crash, Practitioners, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Speed Traders' Edgar Perez to CNBC's Oriel Morrison, Criticism of High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon Unfair

The Speed Traders' Edgar Perez to CNBC's Oriel Morrison, Criticism of High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon Unfair

Edgar Perez, author, The Speed Traders: An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, explained in detail the role high-frequency trading has been playing in the equity markets to CNBC Cash Flow’s Oriel Morrison; the interview is available on CNBC’s website at http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=2023403523. High-frequency trading, in which computers may buy and sell thousands of shares in fractions of a second, had come under criticism after the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost almost 1,000 points intraday on May 6, 2010, before recovering just as quickly.

Mr. Perez described high-frequency trading as the natural progression of technology applied to the investing and trading worlds. In the process, high-frequency trading has certainly unmasked structural issues in the U.S. equity markets that are currently being examined by legislators and regulators in an effort to further strengthen financial markets. He indicated that, on balance, the impact of high-frequency trading is positive for all other market participants thanks to the increased liquidity it provides to retail and institutional investors.

High-frequency traders replace traditional specialists in providing liquidity in a much more competitive frame work. Liquid and efficient capital markets are extremely important for economic development. While some feel that high-frequency traders spending millions of dollars on infrastructure to be a few microseconds faster than the other guy, is somehow, from a social perspective, not money “well spent”, it can be argued that this is just the way that competitive markets find equilibrium.

The Speed Traders: An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World

The Speed Traders: An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World

As expressed by Stuart Theakston, Head of Quantitative Research and Automated Trading  with GLC and one of the practitioners featured in The Speed Traders, high-frequency trading has all the attributes required to make a perfect scapegoat:

  • It is hard to understand, or at least, it takes a bit of effort to understand (even professional long-only institutional investors have difficulty understanding it)
  • It is fairly exclusive, as the firms involved, either have no incentive to talk about what they do (because they are proprietary trading firms and don’t need to attract external capital), or are not allowed to (because they are hedge funds and have regulatory constraints on marketing themselves)
  • It employs individual participants having very high levels of academic qualifications, mostly PhDs
  • It has some large dollar numbers associated with it (though more in terms of turnover than profitability, as further detailed in The Speed Traders)
  • It has lots of terminology associated with it that sounds geeky and confusing to the uninitiated: ‘microsecond’, ‘co-location’, ‘momentum ignition’, ‘temporal arbitrage’ etc.
  • Some intelligent, well informed and eminently quotable people are railing against it (Mario Gabelli, Paul Wilmott, Richard Bookstaber, among others)
  • It is prone to occasionally be a contributory factor (or, in fact, its switching off was a contributory factor) to events perceivable by the public, like the “flash-crash”

The Speed Traders, http://www.TheSpeedTraders.com, published by McGraw-Hill Inc., is the most comprehensive, revealing work available on the most important development in trading in generations. High-frequency trading will no doubt play an ever larger role as computer technology advances and the global exchanges embrace fast electronic access. The Speed Traders explains everything there is to know about how today’s high-frequency traders make millions—one cent at a time.”

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Golden Networking Announces Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders, at High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: Book Review, Event Announcements, Flash Crash | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders: An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing   WorldGolden Networking has announced that Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders, will present at their High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011, “How Speed Traders Leverage Cutting-Edge Strategies in the Post-Flash Crash World”, May 23, 24 & 25 in New York City. Mr. Perez will discuss “The Present and Future of High-Frequency Trading”.

High-frequency traders have been called many things—from masters of the universe and market pioneers to exploiters, computer geeks, and even predators. Everyone in the business of investing has an opinion of speed traders, but how many really understand how they operate? In his new title, The Speed Traders, Mr. Perez opens the door to the secretive world of high-frequency trading (HFT). Inside, prominent figures of HFT drop their guard and speak with unprecedented candidness about their trade.

Mr. Perez is widely regarded as the pre-eminent networker in the specialized area of high-frequency trading. He is host of High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour business receptions in New York City, which have drawn the world’s top industry practitioners. He has organized high-frequency trading forums and workshops, as well as conferences on subjects as diverse as hedge funds, derivatives, private equity, distressed investing, and China, in the world’s major business centers. Mr. Perez has presented at Harvard Business School’s 17th Annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference and at forums organized by Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center and Alumni Club of New York.

For more information about High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011, visit Golden Networking‘s website or send an email to info@goldennetworking.net.

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Book Review: ‘The Speed Traders’, by Seeking Alpha’s Brenda Jubin

Posted on May 5, 2011. Filed under: Book Review, Flash Crash, Practitioners | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

High-frequency trading has mesmerized people in search of easy money, has challenged regulators, and has been an easy target for the press. In The Speed Traders: An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Phenomenon That Is Transforming the Investing World(McGraw-Hill, 2011) Edgar Perez tries to set the record straight. Alternating between an annotated timeline of the development of high-frequency trading and interviews with top high-frequency traders, Perez illuminates the world of speed.”

The Speed Traders: An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World“We normally think of high-frequency trading as super-fast order processing, measured in microseconds. And, yes, it is. But a traders’s data feed (whether market quotes or news feed) also has to be lightning fast, as does his database management system.”

Perez explores the charges that have been brought against high-frequency trading and for the most part, with the help of his interviewees, tries to dispel them. Did high-frequency trading cause the Flash Crash? No. As David Cummings, chairman of Tradebot Systems, wrote: ‘Who puts in a $4.1 billion order without a limit price? The trader at Waddell & Reed showed historic incompetence.'”

“Some traders also point the finger at the practice of busting trades, which can punish liquidity providers. The Speed Traders offers a sympathetic portrait of an industry that is often demonized. By tracing its roots (going back to Instinet, which began operating under an unwieldy name in 1970), Perez demonstrates it to be a logical development of technological change in the financial markets. By separating out some controversial practices, such as flash orders, from high-frequency trading, Perez makes it more defensible. All in all, an enlightening book.”

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Book Launch Party for “The Speed Traders” on May 10, W Hotel in New York City

Posted on May 1, 2011. Filed under: Event Announcements, Flash Crash, Practitioners | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The New York City book launch party for “The Speed Traders, An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World”, by Edgar Perez, will be held on May 10th, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., at the Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at http://thespeedtradersnyc.eventbrite.com.

High-frequency traders have been called many things—from masters of the universe and market pioneers to exploiters, computer geeks, and even predators. Everyone in the business of investing has an opinion of speed traders, but how many really understand how they operate? The shadow people of the investing world, today’s high-frequency traders have decidedly kept a low profile—until now. In this new title, The Speed Traders, Edgar, founder of the prestigious business networking community Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), opens the door to the secretive world of high-frequency trading (HFT). Inside, prominent figures of HFT drop their guard and speak with unprecedented candidness about their trade.

Edgar begins with an overview of computerized trading, which formally began on February 8, 1971, when NASDAQ launched the world’s first electronic market with 2,500 over-the-counter stocks and which has evolved into the present-day practice of making multiple trades in a matter of microseconds. He then picks the brains of today’s top players. Manoj Narang (Tradeworx), Peter van Kleef (Lakeview Arbitrage), and Aaron Lebovitz (Infinium Capital Management) are just a few of the luminaries who decided to break their silence and speak openly to Edgar. Virtually all of the expertise available from the world of speed trading is packed into these pages.

The Speed Traders, published by McGraw-Hill Inc., is the most comprehensive, revealing work available on the most important development in trading in generations. High-frequency trading will no doubt play an ever larger role as computer technology advances and the global exchanges embrace fast electronic access. The Speed Traders explains everything there is to know about how today’s high-frequency traders make millions—one cent at a time.

Mr. Perez is widely regarded as the pre-eminent networker in the specialized area of high-frequency trading. He is the founder of Golden Networking and host of High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour business receptions (http://www.hfthappyhour.com) in New York City, which have drawn the world’s top industry practitioners. He has organized high-frequency trading forums (http://www.hftleadersforum.com) and workshops (http://www.hftexpertsworkshop.com), as well as conferences on subjects as diverse as hedge funds, derivatives, private equity, distressed investing, and China, attracting thousands of executives and professionals in the world’s major business centers. Mr. Perez has presented at Harvard Business School‘s 17th Annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference and at forums organized by Columbia Business School‘s Career Management Center and Alumni Club of New York.

Mr. Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City. Mr. Perez has an undergraduate degree from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, with a dual major in Finance and Management (2002). He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society. Mr. Perez resides in the New York City area and is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer.

Mr. Perez is one of the great business networkers and motivators on the lecture circuit; he is available worldwide for the following speaking engagements: Present and Future of High-Frequency Trading, The Real Story behind the “Flash Crash”, Networking for Financial Executives, and Business Networking for Success.

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