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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael…

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (2014)

by Michael Lewis

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This book explains the impact of high frequency trading and its distortion of the stock market by following the detective work of a small bank of geniuses brought together by the Royal Bank of Canada. While the description certainly made me more despairing than ever about the place of small investors in today's market, I was also thoroughly impressed by the lucid way in which author Michael Lewis explains what happened, why, and whether there's any possible cure. Eye opening for those interested. Also a good read. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
Hard to beat this level of research and writing. Characters, plot, intrigue, and all nonfiction. ( )
  Mark-Bailey | Jul 1, 2017 |
Don't bother reading this if you just want to blame big banks or the usual suspects. Lewis leads you on a journey to discover that things aren't as black and white as we want them to be. And as a result we lose to the villains. ( )
  kallai7 | Mar 23, 2017 |
Lewis writes very entertaining nonfic, I loved the Ronan character and laughed out loud a few times. But it does feel a bit like the first half of a really good book, which ok is still really good, but incomplete. Lewis says in the Acknowledgements that he spoke to HFT insiders off the record, but that's what's missing, pull back the curtain and let's take a good hard look inside an HFT shop that makes billions and never has a losing day in 5 years, with CIA-grade opsec that takes five badge swipes to get into. Overall great stuff, high-frequency trading is something I'll want to read more on.

I loved the cliffhanger ergodic bit at the end where Lewis leaves it up to you to Google the FCC license number off a microwave tower. ( )
  ZoneSeek | Mar 3, 2017 |
A lot of books are written. This one is just plain worth reading. If only to gain the slightest insight into the phenomenal greed at the heart of capitalism. Mind you, I am not saying there is something so much better out there, at least they don't organize the elimination (literally) of their enemies. And yet amidst the utter squalor of these financial leeches he finds his heroes and you come away with a small bit of hope. Brad Katsuyama, Sergey Aleynikov, Ryan Ronan, these are literally the heroes and if they didn't win at least they weren't crushed. Especially Sergey, bravo my man! ( )
  PCorrigan | Nov 5, 2016 |
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(Introduction) I suppose this book started when I first heard the story of Sergey Aleynikof, the Russian computer programmer who had worked for Goldman Sachs and then, in the summer of 2009, after he'd quit his job, was arrested by the FBI and charged by the United States government with stealing Goldman Sachs's computer code.
By the summer of 2009 the line had a life of its own, and two thousand men were digging and boring the strange home it needed to survive.
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Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.

Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever.

The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous, each completely different from what you think of when you think “Wall Street guy.” Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year. From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks, the world’s stock exchanges, and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated, and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits.

The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the financial world may not be good for your blood pressure, because if you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you. But in the end, Flash Boys is an uplifting read. Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don’t get paid for that; they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it.

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A small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders the big Wall Street banks expose this institutionalized injustice and go to war to fix it.

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