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Liquidity Provider Van der Moolen Files Bankruptcy Due To Lack Of Liquidity

In a sign of HFT's encroaching dominance in the market, and the changing equity market liquidity provisioning landscape, Dutch specialist firm Van Der Moolen earlier filed for protection from creditors, the European equivalent of a chapter 11 filing. As expected, the monopoly of the "very few" is starting to eat the peripheral players.

Guest Post: Dr. Blankfein, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Goldman Sachs

The Financial Crisis was a Hoax. The global casino is open again.

No worries!  You actually believed there was a problem when Paulson and Bernanke threatened Congress last year with Martial Law; to blast the U.S. economy back to the 16th century; to crash the market unless ransom was paid requiring each American to fork over $100,000, give or take, dollars in impossible-to-payback future loans today to add to the hundreds of thousands each American already owes forever.

HAHAHA. It's all good, bro.

Senator Edward Kaufman Joins Fight Against Market Opacity

Regrettably, we now have an unfair playing field for investors. This
leaves us with, in effect, two financial markets: one for powerful
insiders, who use high-speed computers and privileged access to
information to exploit loopholes for profit, and another for the
average investor, who must play by the rules and whose orders are
filled almost as an afterthought. This situation simply cannot
continue. It is the financial equivalent of "separate and unequal."

- Senator Kaufman

Letter To Senator Charles Schumer - Ban Goldman's SIGMA X Dark Pool

Dear Senator Schumer,

You recently approached SEC head Mary Schapiro with some very valid concerns about Flash trading, and the potential for investor abuse by advance looks to select market participants ahead of the general order pool. We would like to provide some thoughts.

Paul Wilmott: "High-Frequency Trading May Increasingly Destabilize The Market"

Paul Wilmott: "Thus the problem with the sudden popularity of high-frequency trading is that it may increasingly destabilize the market. Hedge funds won’t necessarily care whether the increased volatility causes stocks to rise or fall, as long as they can get in and out quickly with a profit. But the rest of the economy will care."

Ron Insana On HFT

Hey Ron, didn't realize your new position as a contributing editor on CNBC came with the contributing title of "Portfolio Manager." Didn't Stevie put a one year kibbosh on that? But I digress... And in all honesty I am surprised that you seem to have the correct spin on things (as per letter below from Jim Cramer's failed media experiment TheStreet).

HFT And Goldman Sachs Boiling Point: NYT And Max Keiser

Great recap piece in the New York Times on whether or not Wall Street is picking the pockets of "non-club" investors (read - the guys who do not generate 80% returns with a Sharpe > 5.0 - can someone explain how risk/return works again). The consensus sure looks good for class action lawsuit lawyers.

The piece also recognizes the tremendous contribution that Zero Hedge's readership has had in this ongoing debate, once more highlighting the interactive nature of new media and how crowdsourcing is the new dominant paradigm for Media 2.0. 

Here is the link.

Additionally, should it be odd that Direct Edge, the company in the eye of the Flash hurricane with its ELP program, has the following reported ownership structure:

Yes. Direct Edge is an independent broker-dealer owned by a consortium that includes the International Securities Exchange (“ISE"), Knight Capital Group, Inc., Citadel Derivatives Group, The Goldman Sachs Group, and J.P. Morgan. Knight Capital Group was originally the sole owner of Direct Edge and the firm was spun off in the third quarter of 2007 when Citadel and Goldman made investments. With a 31.54% stake, the ISE is currently the largest shareholder of Direct Edge, followed by Knight, Citadel, and Goldman, each with 19.9%.

And here are the latest ruminations out of Max Keiser, who takes on a curious angle in his most recent Goldman Sachs attack

Is The SLP The NYSE's Answer To Direct Edge's "Advance Look" Enhanced Liquidity Provider Program Or You Trade You Lose, You Trade Goldman Wins

There is a curious article in the latest edition of Traders Magazine. It is curious mostly because it was allowed to be published, as it definitively peels off the cover of what truly happens at the pantheon of stock exchanges, that dominated by a private club of select high frequency traders, who obtain better and faster pricing than everyone else, and where the group of "select few" is seemingly legally allowed and even encouraged to front-run the "every-one else" (you, dear reader, are most likely in the latter camp). If you ever wondered why HFT generates profits of over $20 billion a year, please read this article.

New York Stock Exchange: "We Screwed Up"

The story of Goldman's missing PT data has now entered the twilight zone.
Goldstein at Reuters reports
that Goldman spokesman Michael Duvally notified
him that Goldman did in fact not only perform its usual NYSE SLP domination, but also reported of this, as it does every week:

“According to the data Goldman Sachs submitted, we are certain we
were among the
top firms in terms of program trading volume for the week ending June 26.”

Goldman Sachs Responds To Zero Hedge

It seems quite a few individuals noticed our post attempting to justify some very peculiar language in not just a certain Goldman Sachs Internet disclaimer, but also the strange wording prominently featured in critical GS-client agreements. One happened to be Goldman Sachs itself. We take this opportunity to present the response by Goldman Sachs' spokesman Ed Canaday