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For a sense of services provided by Direct Edge, Here is the Direct Edge fee schedule.
And here is the July 2007 commentary by Goldman Sachs and Citadel when the two firms purchased a 19.9% stake each in Direct Edge.
"Direct Edge has quickly become a major market center for U.S. equities
by virtue of its innovative market model and competitive pricing
schedule" said Greg Tusar, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs.
"Goldman Sachs is a fantastic addition to the Direct Edge partnership,"
said Mathew Andresen, Co-Head of Citadel Derivatives Group. "Volumes
have grown significantly in recent weeks and we expect that trend to
continue as Direct Edge becomes a more important liquidity destination
for the marketplace."
For some other, more recent and relevant perspectives by Goldman's Greg Tusar, who has been abnormally vocal about another aspect of HFT, pre-trade monitoring, read here.