Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, AI Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

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Crown Business, 2012 - Business & Economics - 354 pages
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A news-breaking account of the global stock market's subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the "bots"- artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the humans who've created them.

In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named Island where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.  

By then, the market that Levine had sought to fix had turned upside down, birthing secretive exchanges called dark pools and a new species of trading machines that could think, and that seemed, ominously, to be slipping the control of their human masters.

Dark Pools is the fascinating story of how global markets have been hijacked by trading robots--many so self-directed that humans can't predict what they'll do next.
 

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

This is a remarkable story and one of my favorite books of the year. It details how computers came to replace people in financial trading, giving rise to entirely new forms based on algorithms, high ... Read full review

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User Review  - ktp50 - LibraryThing

I liked this book way more than I thought I would. Previously my opinion was that this topic was somewhat dry and boring, but the author is similar to Michael Lewis in that he weaves a compelling ... Read full review

Contents

DQHT It FTFICHIHE U FTFICHIHE
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TRADING MACHINES
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CONTENTS
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lqI DUMB MONEY
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CRAZY NUMBERS
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TRIUMPH OF THE FOFICHIFIE
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THE PLATFORM
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E03 PANIC TICKS
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DFIRT IUI FUTURE OF THE IDQCHIFIE
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E32 THE BIG DATA
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EII ADVANCED CHESS
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Acknowledgments
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About the author (2012)

SCOTT PATTERSON is a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, covering government regulation from the nation's capital.

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