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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (original 2014; edition 2015)

by Michael Lewis (Author)

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Title:Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Authors:Michael Lewis (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2015), Edition: 1, 320 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:economics, investing, fiction

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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 |
Writing this review in September 2016, the abusive practices of some big Wall Street banks and, it seems, many high frequency trading companies is no longer news. But it was to me. And I'm both appalled and outraged, if not completely surprised.

My only quibble is that the story seems unfinished. Wish I could know that the abuse is over, the guilty are all in prison, and the regulators are doing their job.

Many thanks to the author for opening my eyes! Thanks too to Brad for his courage and honesty. ( )
  RGaryRasmussen | Sep 11, 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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393244660, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:50 -0400)

In this book the author argues that post-crisis Wall Street continues to be controlled by large banks and explains how a small, diverse group of Wall Street men have banded together to reform the financial markets. A report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets, this book 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, they 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 are 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 author shines a light into the darkest corners of the financial world, where anyone in contact with the market, even a retirement account, is part of the story. But in the end, this is the story of 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.… (more)

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