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How High Frequency Trading Locks Outsiders Out

from Outsider Club:

The latest Wall Street practice to draw both ire and adulation is High Frequency Trading (“HFT”). From Michael Lewis’ bestseller Flash Boys, to the New York Times, to Forbes, pundits eagerly deride/defend the dangers/benefits of the practice.

But this otherwise academic argument may soon have very real implications — HFT’s may undermine an Outsider’s best tool in fighting securities fraud.

Private security-fraud class actions serve an important role in financial regulation. According to one study, 3,200 actions were brought between 1997 and 2013, which lead to $3.2 billion in settlements.

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