Some commodities traders have a one-to-10 second millisecond advantage over others on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal.
That’s how much faster some traders get information by connecting to the exchange directly and mastering the technology to crunch the data. Click here to read more in the Journal.
High speed trades have changed markets forever, for both good and bad, often leaving the less technologically savvy at a disadvantage.
With computers making trades at nearly the speed of light, and the Federal Reserve holding interest rates to nearly zero for years and years on end, it’s getting more and more difficult to tell what’s real, and when it may all come apart, if ever.
Warren Buffet’s right hand man calls high-frequency trading “legalized front running” and “basically evil.” Click here to read more about that.
E.B. White, who wrote the 1952 children’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web,” never quite imagined the horrible fate of pigs the way it is today.
Wilbur, the pig in his novel, was only going to be slaughtered after living a relatively nice life on a bucolic farm.
These days, he’d be squeezed against scores of other swine, hoofing a steel grate floor, while growing fatter and fatter on a factory farm. He’d be commoditized into a hog futures contract. Then some trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
could swap his lifeless body in a millisecond.
“I am pessimistic about the human race,” Mr. White one wrote, “because it is too ingenious for its own good.”
Oh, what a web we weave.
Click here to read my column in The Sunday Wall Street Journal. And click here to watch me talk about the week’s business news with Will Ripley of Denver’s NBC affiliate, 9News.