Two Norwegians Face Up To 6 Years Of Prison Time For Doing What HFT Algos Do In The US Every Single Day

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centerline's picture

KD did a great piece on this (quote stuffing) earlier this summer, with live feed evidence.  The manipulation was stupid obvious.

LMAO's picture

Translation bollocks:


I have not done anything illegal

The man who claims he is behind these trades is not concerned about what the investigations will show.

- Oslo Stock Exchange investigates the trades you are behind in the Wilh. Wilhelmsen. How do you react to that?

- It's good that they take hold of the important issues, "says Svend Egil Larsen NA24.

He says to NA24 that he is behind some of the trades, but not all.

- Have you done anything illegal trade in shares?

- No, says Larsen.

He doesn’t fear not what could come out of the investigations which the exchange are now conducting.

-Knows the rules

- I guess the exchange will try to find out if I know the other Nordnet-customer who intervened in my game with the robot from Timber Hill, said Larsen.

- Have you planned this with someone you know?

- No way, I do know the rules of the game! " Larsen said.

He is experienced in trading shares and other securities, and now works full time as a trader. He is active daily on the stock exchange and is a known person in the small day trader community in Norway.

- I sincerely hope I do not know this *other person* "says Larsen, referring to the other Nordnet-customer who" interfered ".

Low turnover on the Stock Exchange by financial crisis and brokerages programmed trading makes it possible to implement this type of trading. That he chose Wilh. Wilhelmsen, is not arbitrary.

- It's sad to see such a solid stock that WWI attracts so few players, "said Larsen.



ROTFLMAO, this guy seems to have targeted an Algo Trading HFT Robot and has really found a way of exploiting dodgy programming of this Bot.

They will probably try to accuse him of manipulating the manipulators....



ZackLo's picture

Yeah, thats EXACTLY what it sounds like..maybe that's why he is so confident? rofl, maybe someone got an order filled that they didn't want filled and he got on the good end;)

Delta Neutral's picture

Can you please send the link with some  

markings about how it should be interpreted?

LMAO's picture

I'm not sure what you mean but the original NA24 article which this content refers to is this:


Also some interesting feedback from the econotwist posted by trx longer down citing "Peter Warren" amongst others:

by trx
on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 06:26



Gully Foyle's picture


Norwegian prison? It's like goddamned summer camp.

Turd Ferguson's picture

A Norwegian women's prison sounds like fun :)

Young's picture

Homer Simpson voice: mmmm noorweeegian woooomen :P

Bankster T Cubed's picture

nice find

SEC could give a rat's ass

they work directly for manipulator el superior, Goldman F***ing Sachs

Tarheel's picture

the SEC is one of america's worst performing organizations.

dcb's picture

I disagree the oligarchy has it doing excatly what it wants it too. almost nothing. anyone who reads this site and hasn't figured out that the stock market has become a tool of wall street to make money trading knows very little.

the system is a rigged scam

10044's picture

Isn't that what denninger vlogged on july 5? It is there folks, the SEC looks the other way to watch porn at work

old_turk's picture

Do they have prison's for the silicon based?

These two just have the misfortune of being carbon based.


Sausagemaker's picture

I bet there's silicone in the aforementioned Norwegian Women's Prison.

william the bastard's picture

You mean they ran HFT on Statoil (STO). That IS the Norwegian market.

Godisanhftbot's picture

I'd like to see a chart of this so called manipulation. Probably looks just like 5000 other stocks we trade here every day.

How the hell can you tell whats real and manipulated since EVERYTHING is manipulated at some level.

Dr. Acula's picture

Who is the victim of their "crimes"?

Which money was "stolen" exactly?

Why should their quoted prices affect your subjective appraisal of a stock? If they make up a silly price, and you believe it, whose fault is that?

"all for the sole purpose of sending false indications of bulk orders coming"

Stock markets are supposed to be a way of allocating capital to best satisfy the the demands of consumers. How soundly capital is allocated is indicated by profit and loss. Stock markets aren't supposed to be silly mathematical games and second-guessing every 5 seconds - if you play that game, honestly, you deserve what you get. Why not just play roulette instead?


Racer's picture

IF it was a long as 5 secs the ordinary mortal MIGHT have a chance but 3000 quotes a second cancelled and reinstated? C'mon....

wiskeyrunner's picture

Are you people paid to post here on every article. Sure seems that way.

Problem Is's picture

They're the night shift...

Turd and Buzzsaw are day shift... milking the OT...

Rimpinths's picture

The Norwegian case involved actual trades, not quotes. Pre-arranged trades in order to manipulate prices are illegal here in the US too. "Quote stuffing" is not the same thing as what happened in Norway. In spite of all the pretty pictures published by Nanex, there is still no evidence of anything illegal. Do you have any evidence of HFT Algos conducting pre-arranged trades? If you don't, then it's a stretch to say that those Norwegians are doing "what HFT algos do in the US every single day."

Godisanhftbot's picture

 How hard would it be for two hft bandits to conspire and wash trade in order to manipulate the price?

 I'd bet its been done.


Dr. Acula's picture

>How hard would it be for two hft bandits to conspire and wash trade in order to manipulate the price?

Why does it matter?

-If you value an owned stock more than the money you'd receive plus the bother of selling it, then you will not sell it.

-If you value an owned stock less than the money you'd receive plus the bother of selling it, then you will sell it.

-If you value some money more than a stock you'd receive plus the bother of buying it, then you will not buy it.

-If you value some money less than a stock you'd receive plus the bother of buying it, then you will buy it.

No one can force you or trick you into an objectively bad trade. It's all up to you and your subjective appraisals. And if someone "manipulates" the market, and the price is artificially too high or too low, then that's an arbitrage opportunity. Why be upset when someone presents you with a gift?


Rimpinths's picture

It's probably not hard for two HFTs to conspire, which is why the proposed consolidated audit trail will help a lot in tracking down such acts. I bet it's been done too. But it's wrong to present the Norwegian case as equivocal to quote stuffing, and it's wrong to state that the Nanex charts are prima facie evidence that something illegal is going on. They are not equivalent, and the Nanex charts so far have not proved that anything illegal has occurred.

Dr. Acula's picture

"It's probably not hard for two HFTs to conspire"

Then let them. Like cartels, who face risks like cheating members and newcomers undercutting them, the "conspiring" HFT's will risk facing cheating members and outside arbitrageurs who sense profit opportunity. Like cartels and unions (i.e. cartels of employees), "conspiring" HFT's are a fundamentally unstable, losing proposition.

You call it "conspiring". To me, it is cooperation. Tell me, should all kinds of cooperation be forbidden? Or just the ones that result in financial losses? I wish more people cooperated in a way that resulted in them losing money and enriching me.


Godisanhftbot's picture

 Sorry, but on the micro scale there is no 'arbitrage' .  Sellers and buyers who need to trade TODAY rely on the market for the best price.

 The notion that anyone knows whether GOOG should trade at 450 or 451 is ludicrous.  But hft programs sensing a buyer, can easily force  them to pay 451 when the 'market' would have let them have 450 shares.

 Multiply that by 5000 stocks and you have some idea as to what's possible.



Widowmaker's picture

Here in the States bangin' someone else's teenage algo-bot results in taxpayer-funded bonuses of record proportion instead of criminal charges.

Really, who's kidding who here?

Nothingman's picture

This may be a bit off topic, but it is within the general theme of corrruption.  I came across an article today regarding a Public School Fund in Alabama investing in derivative trades with JP Morgan.  That article is here:  To summarize, some toadies at JP Morgan apparently conned some good ole boys from 'bama into buying these interest rate swaps, undoubtedly assuring them that they were getting a great deal.  Of course all the bets went sour, and the losses are enormous.  The authorities are investigating to see if any foul play was involved: "At least five former JPMorgan derivative bankers have been informed by U.S. prosecutors that they’re targets of a grand jury investigation, according to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority records. JPMorgan is also among banks that sold derivatives to Jefferson County, Alabama, which was pushed to the verge of bankruptcy because of the cost of the trades."  So it seems the scum at JP Morgan have effectively bankrupted Alabama Public Schools in order to assure their flawless profitable day streak continues unabated.


How are the school districts coping, you may ask?  By extorting money from their students' parents, that's how!  I found this article which, when read in conjunction with the above article, is really quite horrifying.  Students are charged extra fees for just about everything in many Alabama school districts, particularly Jefferson County, which was mentioned in the above story as having been nearly bankrupted by the derivative trades.  Students are even required to bring toilet paper - 36 rolls per student in one district.  It's hard to ignore the obvious connection here; Wall Street (other banks than JP Morgan were apparently involved in these trades as well) is profiting directly at the expense of poor, recession stricken families in Alabama.  Even though the article mentions that "By law, schools can't refuse to let kids participate if their parents don't pay the fee", you can be sure they are doing just that, as most families certainly could not afford the legal fees involved in taking the district to court to enforce said laws.  Interestingly, I can't find any mention of the people at The Alabama Public School and College Authority who were responsible for this gross mismanagement of public funds, losing their positions or being held accountable.  Where's the outrage?  They are stealing money from our schoolchildren for the love of god... where does it end?


Nothingman's picture

some jp morgan stock holder junked me?  go to hell, asshole.  this has all the markings of a really good story.  didn't know where else to post it.

Careless Whisper's picture

The bank has raised the possibility that there is a danger that somebody who knew how to use this program could use it to manipulate markets in unfair ways,"

So Goldman admits that it's software program can manipulate markets, and nothing has been done.


Problem Is's picture

The DOJ admitted for the Goldmanites that their code was a front runner...

In court when GS snapped their fingers and the FBI arrested Sergey Aleynikov...

When GS claims they are the victims of crime... the FBI grabs the guy in hours and the DOJ is in court the next business day...

Holder's DOJ idiots haven't moved that fast the entire length of the Obummer show...

When GS steals $$$Trillions in fraud the FBI is busy arresting penny ante mortgage scammers for $1.7 million in Florida and San Diego...

But the FBI can't find Wall Street on a map...

trx's picture

There's some really pissed off investors in Norway right now:


* “How the hell can we earn money intraday if we are not smarter than then those f***ing robots? They’re everywhere!”

* “…and five minutes later, 10 cents more, then 10 more …. The entire stock rose a dime in half an hour? Do not punish them – shoot them!”

* “Why don’t the police file charges against robot instead?”

* “You nailed it!  The next thing will be the Norwegian authorities employ robots who charge traders automatically if the trading robot loses money.”

* “If they’re convicted, it is hereby price manipulation to sell on the bid price when the previous trading was sold on ask. At the same time it will be manipulation to buy the on the ask when the last trade was on bid. Brilliant! We have met the general equilibrium.”


Here's a few updates and some more amusing commentaries:

Update: Day Traders Crack The Timber Hill Trading System

Problem Is's picture

Get It Straight Norwegies...

HFT is a registered trademark of Fraud Street Incorporated.

Use of a HFT franchise without a registered license and Fraud Street franchisee status agreement... is expressly prohibited.

Use of official HFT registered equipment and software without the expressed written consent of Jamie and Lloyd is also... prohibited.

youngandhealthy's picture


Charge for each order or/and cancellation




Jus7tme's picture

Why don't we get rid of High Frequency Trading altogether by instituting "Blind Time-Quantized Stock Trading"?

Here's how it would work: Every 5 seconds, the whole world submits their encrypted, time-stamped, id-stamped orders. A black box decodes the encrypted orders and matches them up. In the case of order imbalance, a randomization is used to ensure fairness. Some rule is instituted that one cannot submit a large number of identical small orders (for the purpose of increasing the probability of getting *some* of the orders picked). You get the general idea. Then there is a 5 second waiting period for reporting back the executed trades and digesting the results.  Then another 5 second period for submitting orders. And so on.

The details of the algorithm has to be established so that fairness is ensured. I'm sure some computer scientist with background in game theory and queueing systems can work out the details to general satisfaction.




Downtoolong's picture

I’d like the SEC to answer these questions:


1-      Do they think Svend and Peder are guilty?

2-      Would these two have been prosecuted for the same actions here in the U.S.?


 I’ve long suspected that most of the regulations in the financial markets are intended to prevent the little guy from beating Wall Street at its own games.

Geoff-UK's picture

The serf is not allowed to embarass the feudal lord.

barkingbill's picture

well im glad we dont have this culture of integrity and honesty in our country...things might actually get better....

so getting back to the mosque story....

LMAO's picture


LMAO calling Mary Shapiro, come out, come out wherever you are.....and stop junking contributors to this thread!



Problem Is's picture

"...and stop junking contributors to this thread!"

It is just one individual's time of the month...
Bloated, cramps, cranky, junking every little thing that annoys them...

Let it go junker.... Menopause will set you free...

dvsteenk's picture

perhaps those who falsely flag as junk a valid contribution (ZH editors to decide) should be put at risk of being exposed as a manipulator of opinions and/or their membership should be cancelled

trx's picture


Lecturer Hugo Matre at the  University of Bergen in Norway, who is an expert on exchange and securities laws, believes the two Norwegian day traders that outsmarted the Timber Hill trading robot, probably will be convicted for violation of the prohibition against price manipulation.

“The most important in a practical context here, is that the prohibition of market manipulation includes actual transactions,and  if these are likely to influence the market.”


Illegal To Outsmart A Trading Robot, Expert Says
LMAO's picture

Thanks for the heads up,


Of course mr. Larsen did not do himself a favour explaining everybody how he outsmarted the algo trading robot. If he had told everybody....."Hey, I'm a day-trader trying to make a living buying stuff cheap and selling with a profit", authorities would have had extreme problems even trying to charge him with market manipulation.

That being said, it's a total and utter disgrace that the real manipulators, the HFT algo trading bots, who certainly make sure that anything related to price discovery and a free market is really something from the past, are going scot-free.


Larsen being related to royalty may provide us with a devious twist if this farcical nonsence continues.



george22's picture

I disagree the oligarchy has it doing excatly what it wants it too. almost nothing. anyone who reads this site and hasn't figured out that the stock market has become a tool of wall street to make money trading knows very little.

the system is a rigged scam.

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