The new revelations surrounding the Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, once again brought to light an undeniable fact: U.S. regulators desperately need to boost their real-time surveillance capabilities. Nearly five years has elapsed between the time the London-based Navinder Singh Sarao, allegedly influenced the Flash Crash and the government identification of this event! Gone are the days when market issues could be analyzed by a team watching for on-screen images of market events. Regulatory agencies are ill-equipped to handle real-time issues in a timely manner. However, market solutions, such as suite of real-time products are designed to spot market microstructure issues, such asRead More →

By Irene Aldridge About the time of the “flash crash” of May 6, 2010, many small investors appear to have left the U.S. stock markets, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. The Financial Reform Bill, passed and celebrated with much fanfare last week, is sometimes thought to help bring those investors and their cash back into the equity markets. This articles takes a close look at the likely causes underlying the investor exodus, the Bill and its probable effect on investor behavior. First, a bit about the Bill. The Financial Reform Bill is certainly an accomplishment for the current administration. Earning a consensusRead More →