The HFT Blowback Continues: Fidelity Creates New Trading Venue

Tyler Durden's picture

In what the firm believes will be an improvement over other so-called dark pools because it will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms, WSJ reports that the giant fund manager is quietly building a new trading venue designed to let big money managers sidestep many of the problems that they argue lead to unfair or costly trading - i.e. avoid the HFT predation. Fidelity, with $1.95 trillion of assets under management, is in the initial stages of planning the trading venue and has just begun to pitch the idea to other large asset managers. It seems 5 years of vociferous exposure and a Michael Lewis book may be beginning to starve the HFTs of their prey.


As WSJ reports,

The venue, if successfully launched, would represent an ambitious effort to reduce costs and streamline trading for the investment firms. The project is tentatively named "Sakura," which is the Japanese word for cherry blossom, according to people familiar with the matter.




Plans for "Sakura" are emerging alongside a broadening debate about the fairness of the U.S. equity markets. Discussions have been stoked in part by a new book by Michael Lewis that alleges the markets are "rigged" in favor of exchanges, high-frequency traders and big banks at the expense of retail and institutional investors.




The new trading system would be different from the dark pool already operated by Fidelity called CrossStream.

It seems, the guys at Goldman were on to something... Perhaps, like Goldman, Fidelity knows that "unless things change, there's going to be a massive crash - a flash crash times ten..."


And that would not be good for Fidelity's AUM...

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fonzannoon's picture

""The questions are going to be: what are you adding to the market? What differentiates your dark pool?"

wtf... is it just me on here tonight? Is this thing on?

Sathington Willougby's picture

Wait until Ntrepid clears a buffer or two, then you can have all the witless interference you desire.

NoDebt's picture

Selling point #1:  Hey, at least we're not Goldman Sachs.


insanelysane's picture

The HFTs feast on the mutual funds.  The mutual funds get deposits each week and must buy.  The HFTs just sit and front run when they see the weekly orders coming in.

nmewn's picture

"The project is tentatively named "Sakura," which is the Japanese word for cherry blossom, according to people familiar with the matter."

The cherry blossoms in Washington DC reached "full peak" TODAY, did they?

Well, isn't that nice ;-)

Sathington Willougby's picture

Well when I got out of bed this morning it dawned on me, what the world needs, what it's been pining for, an answer to all the problems, another dark pool.  In my feeble minded state I then contemplated also another tax or three.  Then I woke up and kicked my own ass.

ebear's picture

"The project is tentatively named "Sakura,"

That calls for a theme song!

Sathington Willougby's picture

I am entitled to riskless returns in the stawk market cuz I voted once and I wasn't even that drunk.

Yes_Questions's picture



So, I'll put my retirement there then?


Cherry Blossoms seem nice..

NoDebt's picture

No, but millions of people ALREADY have their retirement funds there.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I don't know. Doesn't seem to safe to me. I'm sticking with my MyRA with the full backing of the US government.


nmewn's picture


No government script has ever gone bad, its not like they're France or Germany or Zimb...

Wait a

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Uh oh... Someone needs a glass of Sunshine and stop studying history.!

In Zimbabwe the government confiscated privately owned farms before the hyperinflation. So they got starvation and worthless script. A twofer! I'm sure with this beef " crisis" looming we can guess the next move. Hey... If I'm right the first round is on me from my private stash!


nmewn's picture

And isn't it odd, that they want us to lock it all up in an "electronic vault" (for our convenience, of course)?

Why, a suspicious person might think something was amiss ;-)

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

" our convenience" ... As in To Serve Man being a cookbook? A Bitcoin by any other name would smell as sweet.


Bill of Rights's picture

Hmm if I didn't know any better I would swear the Vulchers have picked the Dead Carcass to the bone.

new game's picture

fidelity-ugly ugly-getting a 403b outta there-was a nightmare. did finally, with much bullshit-endless hoops.

eventually got it transfered to ameritrade and transfered it out smoothly thereafter. fidelity would not let us cash out. i called them on there violation of law-didn't matter, so we transfered...

all our money outside of any laws of this government. taxes paid ect. fuck 401's, iras sepiras...

and you have been warned about fidelity...

logicalman's picture

..... and the government!


NoDebt's picture

Fidelity is the retail torture chamber.  Your experience is not unique (though I don't recall them playing in the 403(b) world).  I don't use their stuff- ever.  Their house-brand mutual funds are almost universally the lowest quality, lowest value piles of crap on the planet.


ebworthen's picture

If there is a large pool of money somewhere the Predators will get to it; and .gov has their back.

Fidelity is just making a P.R. move to keep those I.R.A./401K sheep in the pen.

Lots and lots of people taking money out because they need it.

Others because they know it's a rigged Ponzi.

Scares the shit out of the likes of Fidelity.

ReactionToClosedMinds's picture

Old American Century, before JPM acquired them, was keenly sceptical of Wall St firms they had not done business with for years.... took a long time to make a 'breakthrough' with them

Flying Spaniard's picture

"Money, money, money, is so funny, in a rigged man's world..."

Sokhmate's picture

cherry popping