Reading a book, it’s often very hard to judge just how reliable the author is, or how cherry-picked the data might be. But if a high-profile hedge-fund industry association spends months putting forward a point-by-point rebuttal, and that rebuttal is utterly underwhelming, then at that point you have to believe that the book has pretty much got things right.
The potential cost is huge; the short-term benefits are minuscule. Let’s give HFT the funeral it deserves.
Mr. El-Erian counters that Pimco’s culture rewards people who challenge conventional wisdom.
Deep dive into the world of algo-trading :
In a mere 20 milliseconds, the world’s ‘traders’ had managed to read Bernanke’s 4549-word script, interpret it (as bearish in this case – which apparently is wrong now?) and start to sell down the major equity indices.