Flash Boys

A Wall Street Revolt

Lewis, Michael

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Flash Boys
A small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders the big Wall Street banks expose this institutionalized injustice and go to war to fix it.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780393244663
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 25 cm
Alternate Title: Flashboys


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Feb 07, 2015
  • Sue2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Makes you proud to be Canadian.

Dec 23, 2014
  • FaridMash rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The very heart of capitalism -- the stock market -- is rigged. That's the ultimate gist of the book.

Michael Lewis tells the story of Brad Kasuyama (a Canadian) who figures out how deeply the market is flawed and how badly investors are screwed through a scheme called High Frequency Trading.

Reading this reminded me of the famous quote from the movie, Wall Street: "Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you buddy?"

Nope we ain't naive.

Dec 19, 2014
  • rpavlacic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you think the stock market is fair for ordinary Joe and Jane Blows like you and me, you'll change your mind after reading this book. It's shocking the SEC does nothing to stop this chicanery.

Nov 06, 2014
  • Ivan W. Taylor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like Micheal Lewis. This is another great story about dirty dealings in the financial sector and a Canadian hero who tries to stop it.

Aug 23, 2014
  • Dub rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you are an investor then this is a must read. You are most likely being screwed out of your investment dollars by the 'big banks' and others. Although Brad Katsuyama, the man who figured out the illegal trading practises, originally worked for the Royal Bank of Canada on Wall Street, RBC wasn't simon-pure when it came to these revelations. Read and wonder if you have been ripped off as well.

Jul 27, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Michael Lewis, in his usual cognitive dissonant manner, writes about the HFT and internalization scams correctly, but publicly has stated that the bankers shouldn't go to jail because of their financial innovations. Calling financial fraud tools Financial Innovations is the method Lewis uses to confuse and bewilder, on the one hand seeming to be for the people, yet on the other hand being a staunch supporter of Wall Street. For really brilliant and honest thinkers on these matters, see Professors Michael Hudson and Michael Perelman. Read financial journalist Pam Martens' articles at www.wallstreetonparade.com, and Nomi Prins at www.nomiprins.com/thoughts, and Matt Taibbi. [Now at least two federal court judges have ruled that Sergey Aleynikov did nothing wrong, yet he still resides in jail thanks to Goldman Sachs!]

Jul 20, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This non-fiction book reads like a thriller. Michael Lewis explains how High frequency traders on Wall Street exploit the speeds of networks to act as predators preying on small and average investors. You may be like me, a very small player in the stock market but even you will understand the dynamics that Lewis has explained. You will cheer Brad Katsuyama and his band who set out to right the indignities in the market; and you will keep turning pages till at the end you will breathe once again.

Good read... told so a layman can understand the machinations of dark pools, high frequency traders, and flash crashes. Glad I read the book before Hollywood "Argo-izes" the Canadians out of the recounting.

May 11, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well told story which explained the mysteries of recent Wall Street anomalies as in flash crashes, dark pools, prop trades, HF traders, liquidity vs activity, those 100 share orders ... etc. No wonder SEC and NY Attorney General announced in Apr/May 2014 to investigate Lewis's allegations in this book.

May 09, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Easy to read, but not well written, not informative, not interesting, and not entertaining; no tables, drawings, photos, index or references.

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May 14, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In March 2012 the BATS exchange had to pull its own initial public offering because of “technical errors.” The next month, the New York Stock Exchange canceled a bunch of trades by mistake because of a “technical glitch.” In May, Nasdaq bungled ...
That was just a sampling from a single year of what were usually described as “technical glitches” in the new, automated U.S. stock markets: Collectively, they had experienced twice as many outages in the two years after the flash crash as in the previous ten.

May 14, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Before the flash crash, 67 percent of U.S. households owned stocks; by the end of 2013, only 52 percent did: The fantastic post-crisis bull market was noteworthy for how
many Americans elected not to participate in it. It wasn’t hard to see why their confidence in financial markets had collapsed. As the U.S. stock market had grown less comprehensible, it had also become more sensationally erratic....

The price volatility within each trading day in the U.S. stock market between 2010 and 2013 was nearly 40 percent higher than the volatility between 2004 and 2006, for instance. There were days in 2011 in which volatility was higher than in the most volatile days of the dot-com bubble.

May 11, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Part 1 of 2 on comples order types: The new order types that accompanied the explosion of high-frequency trading were nothing like them, either in detail or spirit. When, in the summer of 2012, the Puzzle Masters gathered with Brad and Don and Ronan and Rob and Schwall in a room to think about them, there were maybe one hundred fifty different order types. What purpose did each serve? How might each be used? The New York Stock Exchange had created an order type that ensured that the trader who used it would trade only if the order on the other side of his was smaller than his own order; the purpose seemed to be to prevent a high-frequency trader from buying a small number of shares from an investor who was about to crush the market with a huge sale.

May 11, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Part 2 of 2 complex stock order types: Direct Edge created an order type that, for even more complicated reasons, allowed the high-frequency trading firm to withdraw 50 percent of its order the instant someone tried to act on it. All of the exchanges offered something called a Post-Only order. A Post-Only order to buy 100 shares of Procter & Gamble at $80 a share says, “I want to buy a hundred shares of Procter & Gamble at eighty dollars a share, but only if I am on the passive side of the trade, where I can collect a rebate from the exchange.” As if that weren’t squirrely enough, the Post-Only order type now had many even more dubious permutations. The Hide Not Slide order, for instance. With a Hide Not Slide order, a high-frequency trader—for who else could or would use such a thing?—would say, for example, “I want to buy a hundred shares of P&G at a limit of eighty dollars and three cents a share, Post-Only, Hide Not Slide.”


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