Funny Bit About High Frequency Trading

A few weeks back I read an HBR blog which talked about the difference between thick value and thin value. The author theorized that the US was becoming too reliant on thin value. One example of thin value is something called High Frequency Trading. It basically makes money on the spread between the bid and the ask of the equity. The problem is that because its ultra fast it puts them at an advantage to realize what the bid and ask are. The other advantage is that these traders are usually market makers as well. This means that without their volume of deals there probably isn’t any market to trade in. Seems like a sucker game to me.

Anyway, here is Comedy Central bit on it. It isn’t completely accurate, but funny none the less.

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My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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