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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (2014)
de Michael Lewis
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A look at the wheeling and dealing of Wall Street. ( )
I enjoyed this book a lot. I like how Michael Lewis can make a non-fiction book read like a Grisham thriller, though I did find it a bit repetitive in the middle. The one aspect of the story I was left wondering was who were the initial HFT who figured out how to game the system before the Wall Street banks got involved? Were they already obscenely wealthy Wall Street elites? Were they "new" guys? Or were they programmers who had been consistently taken advantage?
En fascinerande historia som lika gärna hade kunnat vara uppdiktad. Men detta är verklighet. Då jag är novis inom aktiehandel och inte bekant med många av de termer som används blir det en lite ryckig läsupplevelse ibland. Men inget som stör helheten. En klassisk bladvändare.
It is a story which describes a man's fight against a very complicated stock market created by High Frequency Trading firm. It gets tedious explaining the technical jargon. Well written but not as gripping as his earlier books.
I know next to nothing about trading and finance. And whenever anyone tries to explain it to me, my eyes won’t focus. So, I was hesitant to pick up this book. But, while a few passages explaining what went wrong with the stock markets around 2006 were a bit confusing for me, the book’s substance was completely understandable. Michael Lewis looks at the human side of his story in addition to the numbers.
The people who stood up against the big investment banks with their dark pools used to hide how they ripped off their investors kept me, by turns, infuriated and amazed. That these people were smart enough and cared enough to beat the system and do the right thing was inspiring. The book outlines a modern-day David and Goliath tale that made me feel that, despite rampant greed and corruption, there may be hope for us after all.
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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.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)332.6 — Social sciences Economics Finance Investing
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