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  • Herd On The Street: ETFs Rule Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 9:53 AM ET
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    Buffeted by markets made more efficient by high frequency traders, high stock correlation, and an increasing focus on costs, actively managed mutual funds have failed to earn their high management fees and lost ground to exchange traded funds, ETFs, and index funds.

  • How To Build A Poor Man's Hedge Fund Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 6:50 PM ET
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    Forget the high fees. Given the explosion of ETFs and other financial products, it's possible to create a low-budget, limited hedge fund, providing an alternative to your traditional porfolio mix.

  • Norwegians Convicted for Outwitting 'Trading Robots' Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 5:29 AM ET
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    The two men worked out how the computerized system would react to certain trading patterns – allowing them to influence the price of low-volume stocks. The FT reports.

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    Among the most wrong-headed of possible SEC proposals to “fix” the markets is a sentimental appeal to establish a “special status” for market makers like the days of old when “the specialists on the dominant exchanges were subject to significant trading obligations designed to promote fair and orderly markets and fair treatment of investors.”

  • Harold Bradley

    Stop the political rhetoric and attend to building better markets. New listings, not complex financial packages, should be the focus of the SEC.

  • Real Dog Versus Robot Dog: Name That Market Metaphor Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 12:40 PM ET

    We've been wracking our brains all morning over how to turn this video of a live dog attacking a robot dog into a market metaphor.

  • Nasdaq OMX  CEO Bob Greifeld says he thinks the steps the SEC has taken since the so-called Flash Crash will prevent another market meltdown from happening.

  • Changes in Market Structure Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 10:28 AM ET

    The SEC is working to improve the way it monitors and regulates the markets. Here's what needs to be done.

  • CNBC-AP Investor Poll — Complete Results Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 3:04 AM ET

    CNBC-AP Investor Poll — Complete Results

  • Investors Lack Confidence in Regulators to Fix Markets Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 2:04 AM ET
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    Nearly five months after the May 6 Flash Crash, many individual investors see the stock market as rigged, and they have little confidence in regulators to fix it, according to a CNBC/AP poll.

  • HFT: The Good and the Bad Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 5:02 PM ET

    More than half of all stock trades are the result high-frequency trading. Does that put the system at risk?

  • The Key Players Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    There are nearly 50 trading venues. Customers can interact in all of them--making today's trading so complicated.

  • Man Vs. Machine: The New Kings Of Wall Street Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:50 PM ET

    High-frequency trading has spawned a new breed of market mavens far different than the traditional Wall Street titans.

  • Seven Major Players in High-Frequency Trading Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:49 PM ET

    These hotshots aren't household names. Until recently, they've shunned the limelight.

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange floor watch monitors on October 10, 1987.

    A small coterie of professionals exploited the Nasdaq's automated trading system for retail investors and turned it into a complex computerized network.

  • Bob Pisani

    That HFT accounts for a large share of daily trading does not mean it moves stock prices. Prices move in response to marginal changes in the bid and ask of prices, not in response to sheer volume. Big price moves generate big volume, not the other way around

  • Man Vs. Machine: Editor's Introduction Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:45 PM ET

    There's a whole new universe of new places to trade and new players doing the trading. How has it changed, and why? What does it mean for you?

  • Inside the Machine Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:45 PM ET
    Inside the Machine

    An editor's journey into the world of high-frequency trading and proprietary algorithms that make or break markets.

  • The ETF Monster Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:43 PM ET

    Worries about the role ETFs play in changing the nature of how people invest and the market’s high correlation to itself.

  • Stock-Pickers, A Dying Breed? Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:43 PM ET

    There is genuine concern that changes in market trading structure are leading to the death of stock-picking as we know it.