Alpha Flash: For All Your Nanosecond, Collocated, Algorithmic Frontrunning Needs

Tyler Durden's picture

Ever feel like your nanosecond algorithmic frontrunning skills are becoming obsolete? Unable to scalp even a few extra pennies from illiterate orphans, widows and kittens armed with REDIPlus 9.0? The joy in subpennying Fido and Vanguard on their block purchases of Netflix no longer there? Finding yourself quote stuffing and crashing the market just for the existential hell of it? Despair not, for Deutsche Boerse (better known as the firm that any minute now will be outbid by the Amish market in its acquisition of NYSE according to Gasparino's latest rumor) has Alpha Flash just for you.

Introducing AlphaFlash

Deutsche Börse, Market News International (MNI) and Need to Know News (NTKN) have developed a low latency data feed that delivers market moving economic indicators and releases to our clients faster than any other service currently available.

AlphaFlash is designed for the most demanding algo traders at hedge funds, trading firms and financial institutions. MNI and Need to Know News are both fully accredited news agencies with direct access to government lock-up rooms and embargoed news.

Key benefits

  • Consistently faster and more economical than competitor products
  • Data is sent directly by our journalists from government lock-ups
  • Designed for easy direct integration into trading algorithms
  • Global co-location and other connectivity options
  • AlphaFlash uses the high speed global network  of Deutsche Börse and was designed by technology experts from the world of low latency trading.

But wait, there's more:

Need To Know News LLC has developed and tested new technology that allows us to deliver economic releases and data to clients consistently faster than any service currently available.  Since August 2007 we have officially made our service available to sophisticated hedge funds and financial institutions.

In the world of algorithmic trading, speed and accuracy are top priorities.  NTKN is a Washington, D.C. based fully accredited news agency like Dow Jones, Reuters and Bloomberg.  AlphaFlash is the way to get key U.S. domestic and international economic releases and data directly into your trading algorithm.

Unlike our competitors, NTKN is not a traditional news service burdened by an aging, inefficient infrastructure with thousands of general financial news subscribers.  AlphaFlash's infrastructure and architecture were designed by technologists from the world of electronic trading specifically for a select group of sophisticated algorithmic clients.

How it Works

Our reporters, using our custom-built applications, send the data from press rooms the very first instant it is allowed. The data flows through our dedicated network lines into our core systems and travels directly to you. We encourage customers to utilize our co location facilities and cross-connect to NTKN for the fastest possible data delivery.

And if you order now, for 5 low payments of $49,995 you will also get a one year trial access to Inside Information Inc, the one and only expert network that everyone wants to join and that does not tape or leak its client-"consultant" conversations, a decade subscription to Larry Meyer's Newsletter: "How 2+2 is 5 in Keynes' special case", as well as lifetime access to Paul Krugman's ad hominem blog attacks from behind the NYT paywall.

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jkruffin's picture

Hot off the press:

Eur/Usd stalling out by 1.4150 before the market reversed quite sharply intraday back below 1.4100 and towards daily opening levels. The catalyst for the sell-off was brought on initially by rumors of a troubled German bank and then accelerated on some surprisingly hawkish comments from the usually more dovish Fed Bullard.

The Fed official was responsible for the main USD rally in the European session after saying that the central bank may not be able to wait for global uncertainties to resolve before normalizing policy. Comments from Fed officials in recent days have already been fairly upbeat and hawkish and this only adds to a stronger case for USD bids. Clearly, the upcoming NFP and unemployment data due out on Friday will be important, and any sign of continued improvement in these numbers could help to spark some more meaningful USD bullish momentum.


Like I said all week, I smell a huge dollar rally coming.......

Get long USD/JPY, short EUR/USD, Short the SPY   

We goin' sizzler..................

Tyler Durden's picture

If by hot you mean cold, then yes. The "German bank" was yesterday's overnight news.

jkruffin's picture

It was hot off of mine anyways, I don't have the latest and greatest FED tools like you do Tyler  LOL


But at least give me the credit for the USD/JPY call............I need something...

rocker's picture

I'll bet with Tyler on this one.  All hell, I'll hedge all bets with Tyler vs. the CB's, HFT's, and the Dick Head Ben.

ml8ml8's picture

You see, he's working with JPM's old high latency data feed.  Now if he had that fancy new Deutsche BoerseLOW latency data feed.....

jkruffin's picture

Well, this is at least really fresh:

FX Analyst:

It looks like the Dollar Index has confirmed its reversal. But don't put all your trust in pretty trendlines...$$

Thomas's picture

Hyping flash-crash tools to the pros and Forex trading to retail investors. The end is near.

Manthong's picture

I hear there is another new platform out called Higg's BosonFlash.

It runs in a 4th dimensionally overlayed virtual server right at the exchange.

The program determines movement bias prior to the time that the bias is introduced by the originating commercial trades and guarantees executions with negative zero latency

The vendor claims it provides pre-frontrunning advantage and better than reading the mind of God, it reads the mind of Morg.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

With speed comes vulnerability.

There's an older slower method called encapsulated trojan horse that could be useful.

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

The coffee is not kicking in this morning, please tell me oh great and wonderous Tylers that this is a spoof ... and if not, what in the hell is a government embargoed newsroom !?!?!?

FOC 1183's picture

Can they double the offer and make it available on iPad?

willien1derland's picture

Ron Popeil would offer an iPad & double the offer - unfortunately you would have to wait for the 1AM infomercial....

wisefool's picture

MSNBC is live right now 11:32 EDT  (not re-runs) selling the lybian and wisconsin freedom fighters. Not a taped infomercial. more of a news magazine. "they want apache helecopters over thier heads, why not give them to them?"

Cdad's picture

"they want apache helecopters over thier heads, why not give them to them?"

Because those are really expensive...and who gives a shit about Libya anyway?

wisefool's picture

True. It is time to use those copters as they were intended, on american soil, with bernake,and santa reunited again for one more tour. QE3.

knukles's picture

Dear Ms. Landers,

And not meant to start a political shit-storm, but....
How in God's (OK, not meaning to start a religious shit-storm, either, just for literal expressive purposes.) name have things become so juxtaposed that the liberal faction of the MSM, America's Official Fourth Wing of Government (As per John Kerry...look it up if you don't believe me.) is cheering a US invasion of a not-as-of-yet-to-be-determined threat to domestic security?  Isn't that the game plan usually reserved for the right wing section of the American One Party System?




Henry Chinaski's picture

air strikes = humanitarian relief

go figure

Caviar Emptor's picture

Ron would also offer spray-on hair to customers to  make up for the stress which your old algo package produced

The Axe's picture

If Billy Mays was selling me Alpha Flash I get some vaseline with my order!

Dr. Porkchop's picture

These dirtbags could use a good going over with some Oxyclean.

onarga74's picture

That stuff makes great toothpaste .

Yen Cross's picture

I have heard of hydrogen peroxide, but oxy clean is a bit un-nerving Sarah.

knukles's picture

It's OK.  She didn't really think that herself.  The comment was actually written on the palm of her hand by her senior political advisor, Bill the Cat.

wandstrasse's picture

BTW, how many - I mean how few... nanoseconds will it take to reach return on the AlphaFlash investment of 49,990$ for an average HFT desk?

alien-IQ's picture

That was a damn fine post. Amish Market reference and a Billy Mays style just don't get much better than that.

SqueekyFromm's picture

Wasn't there somebody called Flashman??? Who was kind of a cad??? I remember my father reading his books and laughing about it.

Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

jkruffin's picture

I'm surprised we haven't heard anything out of the Philippines yet regarding radiation, but then again their government probably wouldn't mind a hundred million dead the way they treat them.

Caviar Emptor's picture

Yes, Flashman was from Tom Brown's School Days. 

FlashDance was what happened on May 6th, 2010

jimijon's picture

I can write an app for that!

KickIce's picture

Key words for bot HFT:

QE:  Buy

Higher inputs:  Buy

Squeezed margins:  Buy

Higher Unemployment:  Buy

Earthquake:  Buy

Tsunami: Buy

Radiation / Core Meltdown:  Buy

Blorf's picture

Version 2.0 will broadcast fake economic data to competitor's HFT inputs and the CNBC ticker.  Why settle for the usual fake government stats when you can just make up your own?  Frontrun at your leisure, no need to wait for monthly reports.

Yen Cross's picture

Month end flows are in 36 hours.

urbanelf's picture

Ask your doctor if AlphaFlash is right for you.

Caviar Emptor's picture

Premium package includes data feeds from advanced surveillance devices and parabolic mikes positioned around the Fed board room. 

Beatscape's picture

All feeds on the Alpha Flash platform say the same thing: BTFD!  Hey, it's profitable--that's all that counts, right?

Saxxon's picture

Once the bots turn 180 degrees and start to sell, there will be no stopping them short of unplugging the exchanges.

arnoldsimage's picture

it's obvious you didn't get the memo. there will be no selling.

Yen Cross's picture

Do you posters understand the finish of repatriatriation of yen. Real money flows?

defender's picture

ehhh, the real problems won't start for another week or two.  After that the insurance companies will have to start writing the checks, and the money will fly like superman on crack.

Sokhmate's picture

does it run on my iPhone?

JohnnyCrash's picture

Who needs it...I gots mah Hayes compatible 2400 baud modem.

TexDenim's picture

This can only mean that Weimar II will soon be upon us. Greedy Germans! Aren't they satisfied ripping off Turks and Armenians? Do they need to steal from MBA's too?

Jigsaw's picture

is this an April fools joke?