Monday, September 20, 2010

Flash Crash Report due in the next two weeks

by Bill McBride on 9/20/2010 09:40:00 PM

From Graham Bowley at the NY Times: Ex-Physicist Leads Inquiry into Flash Crash

[The] long-awaited report on the so-called flash crash, in partnership with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is due to be published in the next two weeks.
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[The SEC's Gregg Berman says] the report will zero in on a specific sequence of events that preceded the crash. He says it will tell a clear story about what happened in the markets on that stomach-churning day, beyond simply pointing a finger at the perils of the kind of high-speed computer trading that dominates today’s markets.

“The report will clearly demonstrate how market conditions and events prior to the flash crash led to the extreme price moves,” he said.
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“Many market participants told us, ‘We’re not quite sure what happened over all, but this is what my firm saw and the actions we took,’ ” Mr. Berman said. “It was like ‘C.S.I.’ We wanted to interview everyone around.”
Hopefully the explanation will be clear and understandable.

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