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The Trading Glitch Ripple

Friday, 7 May 2010 | 5:35 PM ET

The high tech computer glitch that aggravated Thursday’s sell-off couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

Or at a better time, depending how you look at financial reform.

The 1,000 point drop in the Dow has generated a renewed interest in cracking down on computer-driven high-frequency trading.

In fact, a House panel has slated a hearing on the causes for the market swoon for next Tuesday, and a separate SEC investigation is already underway.

If Goldman’s congressional hearing was any barometer, there may not be a lot of love for the Street on the Hill.

In fact, there may not be a lot of love for the Street- on the Street!

In the wake of the Dow’s spine chilling plunge, people who benefit from high tech trading such as Mark Fisher of MBF are calling for reform. "I think what we saw on (Thursday) is just the tip of the iceberg," Fisher tells Fast Money. "There is no way this isn't going to happen again and again and again unless we can slow the process down.”

Washington's Response to Yesterday's Trading
CNBC's Scott Cohn has the details on Washington looking to address the market plunge on Thursday.

As you well know, on Thursday markets were already very skittish due to the riots in Greece – and computers didn’t cause the problem – but they sure made it worse.

As electronic selling programs were triggered Thursday, the human element of the markets quickly evaporated and computerized trading programs wantonly sold stocks at whatever price was available, creating a feeding frenzy.

Fisher is hoping that lawmakers and the CFTC put together a group of traders and academics and create rules and regulations to slow everything down, especially in times of high distress.

CNBC's Rick Santelli would probably like to be among that group. He feels very passionately that Wall Street needs to implement three changes. They follow:
- circuit breakers
- coordination between exchanges and regulators
- stress test can't be real-time trading

What do you think? We want to know!










Read More:

> How High-Frequency Trading Works
> Computers, Not Human Error, Likely Caused Market Meltdown




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