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Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:30 | 596151 Mercury
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That's great, just what this market structure needs, an even less level, bumpier playing field with little pot holes of murky liquidity. Can't you just smell the Progress?

 The more securities exchanges become de-centralized, computer driven and independent of the physical world - in the name of cheap execution, access and competition of course - the less fair they become.

Actually, now that most physical exchanges are gone (or turned into TV studios)  physical location and access to a particular physical location is more important than ever. Oops.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:43 | 596241 Rimpinths
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It's a thousand time easier to colocate at an exchange than it was to acquire a seat on the NYSE fifty years ago. That is progress.



Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:55 | 596265 TheMonetaryRed
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A colocated server in every pot!

And every man a King! 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:00 | 596275 tmosley
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A server in every pot, and a bot up everybody's ass.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 23:28 | 596414 Mercury
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It's a thousand time easier to colocate at an exchange than it was to acquire a seat on the NYSE fifty years ago. That is progress.

I'm not sure that's true in any meaningful way.  NYSE seat prices have gone up and down, all over the place,  year to year, decade to decade.

The point is: today's technology could be used to place all market participants on a more equal footing and within a more centralized, liquid and transparent marketplace than ever before.  Instead what we get is old privileges and advantages being replaced with new, different and more complex privileges and advantages that pose much greater systemic risks and are counter to some of the fundamental functions that markets are supposed to serve in the first place.

The fact that one market participant now has a structural advantage because they dug a fucking tunnel to the exchange doesn't strike me as the best advertisement for America's capital markets at this particular point in history.

HOWEVER, the toothpaste may be out of the tube on this one.  Even if you have a CLOB and eliminate HFT via minimum time frames or fees you will still have to prioritize orders by time and honor first-come/first serve.  Events that happen in Chicago or London or Singapore will always have the potential to impact markets in other locales. Transmitting that info (and the trades that are determined by it) from point A to point B as quickly as possible (roughly, the speed of light + distance) will always confer an advantage.  I'm not sure there is any practical way to eliminate that - maybe limit time stamp (fractional second) detail to a bit more than it takes light to travel half-way around the earth?  I'll have to think about that some more...

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 05:05 | 596695 euclidean
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For less than $100 an hour you can hire some mechanical machinery that would turn that 13.3ms into a few weeks.

I hope they have penalty clauses for down time built into the lease rates.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:11 | 596302 Eternal Student
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Exactly. And it points out that this is the wrong approach. A waste of money, IMO. A long fibre cable is silly; the money would've been better spent sitting right next to the nearest backbone.

What he should've done is designed the high speed hardware sitting next to the backbone. Sophisticated enough to do things in microseconds, not milliseconds. This is quite possible, and the only thing I'm surprised at is that someone hasn't done it already, if this is the type of speed that he's bragging about.

Of course, you really need to know what you're doing here. And it's expensive. And it really helps to have the right design done by the right engineers (hint: Not the H1-B's that Tyler is pushing). But it should be quite doable.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:41 | 596340 UninterestedObserver
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? Sorry but you sound clueless - many of the HFT algos doing arbitrage need access to multiple exchanges and will execute multiple trades simultaneously on various exchanges hence the need for ultar low latency connectivity between exchanges. Primary low latency routes being sold are Chicago to NY,NY to London and London to Frankfurt.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 23:56 | 596505 Eternal Student
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Thanks for the elucidation. You are correct, HFT algos aren't my thing. Cutting edge hardware and software is.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 01:44 | 596619 Mark Beck
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If we put on our QUANT hat for the moment, the link between exchanges in regards to speed must jive with the strategy and weather you front run (stuff) or actually clear. For the strategy to work all aspects, including time, must be in place and tested (profiled). A bottleneck could kill efficiency especially if dynamic, regardless of the backbone speed.

Critical speed between exchanges, to maximize profits, would probably include a cross exchange trading strategy rooted in resolution speed and response. So there would have to be an active multidimensional real-time model looking at cross exchange effects to stuff or clear. However, you have to have all the pipes performing end-to-end.


Now as an investment, if the bandwith price is much lower than the competition's for an equivalent service, then you have an edge if you can sell enough bandwidth.

Mark Beck

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:51 | 596367 kalasend
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How do you know they're not using the fastest hardware available?

And design/building hardware from scratch? You have any idea how much that sort of things would cost comparing to digging? And how long it would take to test/manufacture processor chips?

And regarding sitting next to the nearest backbone...what nearest backbone? Strategies nowadays need data feeds from multiple exchanges. Where would you place the hardware?

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 00:08 | 596517 Eternal Student
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Yes, actually I know it quite well. But I wasn't talking about CPU's; that would be silly and unneeded. The only ones who do that are the military shops, and startups. You can do astoundingly well with off-the-shelf components, which is what the big telecom outfits do, saving the customizations for the critical parts where there aren't OTS parts which meet the requirements.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:36 | 596332 Rusty Shorts
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 - actual video of construction.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 23:06 | 596468 Johnny Dangereaux
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Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:58 | 596376 UninterestedObserver
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This isn't really a big deal anyway I thought Level3 had a route around 15ms so it isn't like Joe retail wasn't already getting gang raped by algos - it will just happen a little faster now lol

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:03 | 596158 BORT
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So for the poor innocent sitting next to the lake trying to figure out how to leave something to the wife to keep her happy after your gone, what is the point.  Or perhaps, what is the option.  When does this game end?  I am all for new things and have embraced them over my 60+ years, but this is a whole other thing.  Can you still be successful in the market.  Is there a place for the longer term trend interpreter?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:41 | 596430 Augustus
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It is a situation of an entirely different game.  They are moving Tens of Thousands of shares for a penny or less arbitrage spread.  It makes no real difference in the price you pay for 1000 sh of AAPL or in the value it will have in 10 yrs. if the widow decideds to sell it.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:04 | 596159 Bearster
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Obviously,the solution is to make it illegal for people to dig their own tunnels, run their own fiber cable, or buy their own routers.  If necessary, the Fed could take over the companies which make optical switches to ensure that no one in the trading business can buy them.

What's good for the Internet and e-commerce is bad for markets.  The markets will have to be controlled by government in order to keep them free!

Oh yeah, and there should be a tax based on 1 divided by the latency squared!  That ought to punish the low-latency kings, and if not, 1 over latency cubed or 1 over latency to the fourth!

"Anything you can build, we can destroy," said Mr. Thompson.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:06 | 596163 IrrationalMan
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This must have been the technological improvements that our country so despretely needs that obama was reading off of his teleprompter at the town hall meeting monday. 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:08 | 596167 SoCalBusted
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Shovel ready!

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:08 | 596168 Let them all fail
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wow, this is just ridiculous, i can't believe that trying to make money off the market has come to this - absolutely appalling....

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:09 | 596170 DosZap
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The solution is since we know how the game is rigged, don't play the game.

Sooner or later, the game ends, or new rules are brought about, because of the lack of players.

The Mkts were not set up to exclude the majority,without them, there is no Mkt.

At least not one that is sustainable.

If allowed to stay the way it is, what's left of FMC is for sure going to be dead.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:54 | 596259 TheMonetaryRed
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"The Mkts were not set up to exclude the majority,without them, there is no Mkt."

Oh this thread just keeps getting funnier and funnier. 

Yeah, I forgot the Chicago Board Options exchange is for the masses. It's a regular Wal-Mart. 



Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:43 | 596345 UninterestedObserver
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I thought the solution was to sell the low latency routes to the trading firms and make fat commissions and then trade the dollars for gold....

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 02:55 | 596657 StychoKiller
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Soon, less and less Stocks will be trading at faster and faster speeds until ZERO is trading instantaneously!  Sound good to anyone?

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 05:45 | 596700 euclidean
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+1125 we'll call it the 'sk law of HFT', kind of like Moores law is to transistors.

There is a mathematical limit of infinite mass in an infnitely tiny space called a Schwarzschild singularity at the centre of a nonrotating black hole. That's what all these guys are heading towards.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:11 | 596176 Carl Marks
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I don't need no stinking cable. I've got satellite.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:15 | 596178 Atomizer
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Who are you?
My card, pretty lady.
Devil May-Care Music Production, Beelzebub Scratch, President.
I like your style, too bad you're not a singer.
Oh, but I am, I am a singer!
Hmm, no fooling.
No, no listen...
Fantastic, different.
I want to be a star, of please!
You've talked me into it. Contract!
Just our standard contract, nothing fancy.
Fame, fortune, fans, gold records, concerts, world tours, your name in lights.
Take your time, read it all.
Oh, I give up. Can I trust you?
Ok, I'll sign.

Where do I go from here?

Market Movers

Top 10 CDS Positions


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:45 | 596246 Careless Whisper
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"i signed in blood, it's more permanent."

that was sick. thanks.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:16 | 596181 rickardswhite
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Thanks Tyler, if I ever loose my shirt because of a flash anything and market crash I know which lines in the bush to take my anger out on.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 00:31 | 596548 Real Estate Geek
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A man with a backhoe--and a trailer--could regularly and periodically do some serious damage to that kind of infrastructure.  I sure hope that doesn't happen to those nice folks.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:20 | 596186 The Rock
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Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:21 | 596188 cxl9
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1. Wouldn't it be cheaper to just move your trading operation from Chicago to New York, rather than lease a long, expensive wire between the two cities? The food's better in New York anyway.

2. How long before some hillbilly in western Pennsylvania accidentially cuts that cable in half with a backhoe? Or maybe not so accidentally.

3. What happens to this massive investment when/if HFT is ever banned or reformed? It seems unlikely that the current window of opportunity for HFT will persist long enough to recover the full cost of digging that hole from Chicago to New York.



Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:34 | 596222 Dr. Sandi
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2. How long before some hillbilly in western Pennsylvania accidentially cuts that cable in half with a backhoe? Or maybe not so accidentally.

With stakes this high, how about somebody with their own algorithm HIRES some hillbilly in western Pennsylvania  to cut that cable in half with a backhoe at exactly 1:50 p.m. next Thursday.

3. What happens to this massive investment when/if HFT is ever banned or reformed? It seems unlikely that the current window of opportunity for HFT will persist long enough to recover the full cost of digging that hole from Chicago to New York.

We use the hole to bury the rest of the economy.


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:45 | 596352 UninterestedObserver
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Fiber routes already existed - they just groomed them and used new router capabilities to carve out the fastest paths so they could provide latency gaurantees - Verizon was the first their route was around 17 MS

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:29 | 596420 rd
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You kind of took the words out of my mouth. I'm sure a competitor or an enfuriated investor will do just that. I don't know what sort of redundancies they have to back up theire network but I'm quite sure they should have a few incidents near term that will make them scratch their heads. The reasons why others haven't done it before should be among the ones you highlighted. I bet sooner or later regulation will/SHOULD make them illegal.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 23:51 | 596499 Jay
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The telecom industry already has a term for it: backhoe fade.



Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:25 | 596196 skippy
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Hay FPS games on weekends and I'm cool with it. E&Y used to have late Friday inter-department  scrims using HL2CTF on their mainframe (in my city), I used to wipe the floor with them on pub servers lol.


Skippy...head snot ya TD w/ 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:26 | 596199 surfsup
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Brings new meaning to the words "flash crash"

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:27 | 596201 thermroc
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This is fucking madness.

Someday we will look back at this and think what the fuck were we doing?

Investing all that effort tunneling through mountains, so we can send a piece of light from New York to Chicago 3 milliseconds faster than we already can, when our sewers and gas pipes are exploding.

We have totally and absolutely completely LOST THE FUCKING PLOT HERE PEOPLE.

Terminal. Fucking Terminal.

This is not even funny anymore. This is joke, right? This article has got to a be a joke.

Tulips, fucking tulips everywhere.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:46 | 596247 TheMonetaryRed
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Oh, it's a crazy place, this capitalist paradise we call "America". 

Water, power, sewers, gas pipes, roads - who needs 'em!

Those people who want the 3 milliseconds got the do re mi, pal and the folks who want the regular kinda pipes don't.

Nah, that couldn't be it. Not possible.

Wow, this article made my day.

Gold to $1700. 


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:54 | 596260 espirit
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Gold to $2500, and that's just the start.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:58 | 596269 TheMonetaryRed
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Gold to $3300, in hearts. 

Your bid. 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:35 | 596331 thermroc
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Gold to disappear.

Will re-emerge when sanity returns to the earth.

Your bid.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:04 | 596389 TheMonetaryRed
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Gold's in a bubble.

No Trump. 

Your lead. 

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 11:46 | 597379 ZeroPower
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You guys speak of tulips and bubbles, and here you are doing exactly the same thing your oh so precious metal.

Gold to stay stagnant within a +/-$300 range, how about them apples.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:56 | 596374 cougar_w
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The world gets so complicated in the end that you cannot find your ass with both hands.

Then you die of constipation -- all Elvis-style with a lot of grunting with a lot of whu-the-fug -- because you just totally lost track of your own ass.

Or something. I'm tired. Where's the exit for "today"?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:11 | 596394 Bose Einstein OracIe
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I hereby second the tulips.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:29 | 596205 Dagny Taggart
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Hey cxl9, as one of those PA hillbillies, I want to point out that if something like that was in the works, you just outted the whole operation.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:29 | 596208 Careless Whisper
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i call bullshit

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:29 | 596209 Bose Einstein OracIe
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There are ways it could be done instantaneously, across the globe, without 1 wire or fiber optic......but I don't want to give these fuckers any bright ideas. 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:33 | 596220 thermroc
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baby rabbits?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:16 | 596398 weinerdog43
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Hampsters....and hampster wheels. 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:36 | 596226 Pool Shark
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Spooky action at a distance

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:38 | 596230 Pool Shark
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btw, Schrodinger called.

He wants his cat back...


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:43 | 596242 Bose Einstein OracIe
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ya spooky action pretty much. It's very doable. What an entangled web we weave.



Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:00 | 596380 Big Corked Boots
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Will quantum entanglement explain where my socks go after I put them in the dryer?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:04 | 596387 cougar_w
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That's nothing. That's just entanglement.

Now -- can you figure out how to do it backwards? Meaning today you start the analysis running backwards and you got the answer yesterday.

I've been thinking about programs that run in reverse. I think they have to write themselves on the fly. However as far as I can tell I don't figure it out someday. 

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 02:20 | 596438 New World Chaos
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Yep, quantum entanglement/teleportation does theoretically work backwards in time.  My future self told me how to do it.  Now, with this top secret Star Trek technology, your algo will be able to infinitely front-run itself by placing orders a full second IN THE PAST!  All I need is a little funding.  Hoping to IPO my company for only ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS!  This is quite reasonable, in proportion to what these guys paid. 

Please pay in gold, delivered to my hollowed-out volcano lair.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 03:00 | 596660 StychoKiller
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Max Headroom, twenty seconds into the future!

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:31 | 596216 Jaacyn71
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I am sure that some mole/mouse/gnat/insect/fish lives along the path of the fiber, can't we save the "Mountain Mole" or something and get them to move the cable, taking a long out of the way loop to increase the milage back to the old railroad route length?

Not that I am for more regulation, but to see the company have to dig up at their expense and relocate wires to a non-advantaged area would be hilarious!  Just make sure those leases from the big banks have some really tiny print about "environmental relocations" are not a valid reason for termination of lease agreement!

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:38 | 596227 TheMonetaryRed
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Ahhh. Funny stuff. 

3 milliseconds. 

Gee, and I thought that America was a level playing field where the rich had no advantage over the "regular guy"....BWAHAHAHAHAHA!


Oh, you libertarians....funny, funny people. 





Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:41 | 596236 TheMonetaryRed
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Just buy gold. I'm sure that'll teach 'em.


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:40 | 596234 Village Idiot
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At first blush it sounds like the link might be for sale(?), if the price was right.  If so, what would someone pay for that kind of jump on the rest of the gang?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:47 | 596357 UninterestedObserver
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$300,000 per month for a 1 GiG connection

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 19:27 | 611501 Geoff-UK
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Money well spent.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:42 | 596240 AccreditedEYE
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Good God... When does the mode of delivery finally come 2nd to valuation of investment? I know, F me for being insolent enough to mention that equities should have V..A..L..U..E before they are bought.

They cloud true value with fraudulent accounting. They cloud transparency through dark pools. They cloud technical patterns with false computer algos carving out patterns and correlating all asset classes into 1. Now, they super charge it. Who BUYS into this crap market??? (...aside from the Fed!)

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:47 | 596251 TheMonetaryRed
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HEY! Just be quiet and buy some gold. 

Then move along. 

Nothing to see here. 


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:15 | 596309 Sancho Ponzi
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I'm writing software to identify blog trolls. You are providing sweet grist for the mill.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:23 | 596318 TheMonetaryRed
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Thanks, Sancho. 

That was insightful commentary - responsive, topical, humorous and erudite. 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:34 | 596329 GoinFawr
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definitely better than some...

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:46 | 596248 PenGun
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 That seems like a long time. 13.33 m/s is quite a long time in the world of computer machinations. It's not even all that fast for the distance.


 GS is just down the street.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:47 | 596249 virgule
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There's something really wrong with this technical view. How much liquidity can you "see" and profit from in a 3 ms window?

Yes, you can definitely front-run everyone by 3ms, but the spread you can earn is only the spread that can occur on a 3ms time window, times the volume flowing during those 3ms.

And you can only front-run the next person. I really doubt this can pay for this kind of infra-structure if statistically only a very small handfull of players can make a decent living out of it.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:51 | 596254 TheMonetaryRed
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If you trade first, you shape the price. 

If you trade half the market first, you shape the price of the whole market. 

Know the Monty Hall Problem? To make the right choice, you have to know what Monty knows and know his intent.

This is not about taking advantage of the market. This is about being the market. It's their world, you just trade in it. 


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:29 | 596421 FischerBlack
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I thought this one was settled? To make the right choice with Monty Hall, you just have to change your choice the second time around.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 03:27 | 596671 virgule
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You are correct - BUT you've added one more condition to the "standard Monthy Hall problem", that front-runner and front-run are both traders set to out-do each other (as opposed to "conventional investors" who decide to buy or sell for whatever other business prupose than pure stock trading).

If the front-run is a regular investor, it's a lot less obvious what his modified response will be, to a 3ms price differential that is not the true price (whatever that is).

Personally, my strategy to immunize myself from this shit: fix the price I want and wait. I might have to wait 10 minutes and you can front-run me as much as you want, it doesn't matter. I will either get the price I want, or not play at all, but won't give a single sub-penny extra to the fiber algos.

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 14:09 | 613052 Common_Cents22
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Like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie, she'll let him touch the ball only when SHE wants him to.


Or you in a ring with a boxer that can punch twice as fast as you and can duck your every punch.  You at his mercy.  


It's not just about front running execution but rather influencing the market direction at will throwing out quotes that can be rescinded before they are hit.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:54 | 596261 Bose Einstein OracIe
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The market for me is like going to the strip club, I don't bring any money I don't plan on spending. It can be fun trying to play chess with HAL. 

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:28 | 596419 FischerBlack
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And just like a strip club, the whole thing has been arranged to separate you from your money as quicly and efficiently as possible.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:54 | 596263 Common_Cents22
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Trading speed limits would go far to leveling the playing field.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:56 | 596267 SamuelMaverick
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300 million to save 3 milliseconds.  Wow, they must make untold fortunes with HFT raping and pillaging the poor suckers / sheeps stock market holdings.  I would love it if HFT was fucking eliminated or seriously shithammered.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 20:59 | 596273 Id fight Gandhi
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That's a long run. What's to stop some nut from finding and cutting it?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:44 | 596350 HungrySeagull
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Been there done that in US History.

Telegraphs by wire and morse code.

Then the Pony Express etc.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:36 | 596334 gerd
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all we can hope for is that sarah connor finds this barksdale character before he creates SkyNet

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:48 | 596359 kalasend
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How do you know they're not using the fastest hardware available?

And design/building hardware from scratch? You have any idea how much that sort of things would cost comparing to digging? And how long it would take to test/manufacture processor chips?

And regarding sitting next to the nearest backbone...what nearest backbone? Strategies nowadays need data feeds from multiple exchanges. Where would you place the hardware?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:52 | 596368 InconvenientCou...
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If the banksters and scheisters were laid out head to feet, would they all fit in the trench?

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 03:04 | 596662 StychoKiller
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Probably not, there are millions of scheisters!

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 21:52 | 596369 realtick
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Zero Hedge: The Ultimate GS Psyops Weapon

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:18 | 596401 AccreditedEYE
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Haven't seen you in a while! Hope you've been surviving.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:16 | 596399 Village Idiot
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If the thing runs from Chicago to New York, why doesn't someone just pull off to the side of the road and jam a shovel through it.  I'll buy the shovel.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:33 | 596424 shc
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+1 for the shovel idea. connection lost, bitchez! 

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 00:57 | 596573 redpill
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You gotta use an axe, just on principle.


Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:26 | 596415 FischerBlack
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Yay, the future has arrived. Or something.


Colonel Sandurz: Prepare ship for light speed.
Dark Helmet: No, no, no, light speed is too slow.
Colonel Sandurz: Light speed, too slow?
Dark Helmet: Yes, we're gonna have to go right to ludicrous speed.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:47 | 596437 crzyhun
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OK you are flash up your a$$ and disappear.

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:49 | 596439 SnarkAttack
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Shouldn't the trading post be right in between the two spots if you want to arb between them?

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:58 | 596460 UninterestedObserver
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Same difference - if they are in NY and arbing a Chi exchange then the NY side is sub ms because they are colocated there and the Chi trade takes the 13.3 ms + latencies from their gear/program. If the trading post was in the middle they would gain on the Chicago side but lose the instantaneous trade on the Ny side

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 22:59 | 596463 Dehrow
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This is kind of like building the Transcontinental Railroad, and then charging whatever the hell you want to let people use it.

I think I'm both awed and disgusted.

However, if someone builds a pipeline, then they won't have the railroads and their shipping costs, and that's the REAL money.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 05:03 | 596467 williambanzai7
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Worried about fiber throughput, latency rates and photon velocity? 

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Tue, 09/21/2010 - 23:19 | 596477 Godisanhftbot
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The name is meant to imply that if you don't lease with them, you will be "bent over and spread wide"

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 23:51 | 596500 working class dog
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How is this superfast highway regulated?

How does this superfast highway benefit commerce in the US and increase the standard of living by making businesses grow. All this does is make stupid things happen sooner.

Use this technology for mankind's benefit,

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 01:09 | 596583 svendthrift
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Shall I assume that these machines don't read the notes in financial statements that my colleagues and I spent a week preparing? Why even report?

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 03:13 | 596666 Trichy
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Of course he serves on the board of In-Q-Tel, you have gotta have backing by CIA if you are gonna be part of staging flash crashes.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 04:50 | 596692 iota
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There's something slightly phallic about this

"It's 1 " thick and stretches from NY to Chi-cago."

So anyone got a map of where this thing is laid? Just to satiate idle curiousity of course.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 08:14 | 596771 Silverhog
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Trader HAL spent 300 Million to tap into a almost empty tank of sludge. Good luck on his endeavor. My money is out and safe in shiny stuff.  

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 08:50 | 596833 Anarchist
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You guys have totally missed the need for the "last mile" connection between the cable and the end user. The existing links you would need to connect through could make you exceed your latency budget. 

I would assume this cable terminates at the Chicago exchange or some obvious end point where most users are located.

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 09:38 | 596952 Capt Tripps
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Would be bitchen for Arena...

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 10:27 | 597119 gwar5
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So, this is what it's come to... HF bunker trading with monster trucks?

Wed, 09/22/2010 - 16:15 | 598280 godzila
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Must say this whole thing is quite amazing... $300mn... I'm pretty sure these guys know what they are doing when you spend that sort of money. 

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