A news-breaking account of the global stock market's subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the "bots" - artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the humans who've created them.
In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named Island where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.
By then, the market that Levine had sought to fix had turned upside down, birthing secretive exchanges called dark pools and a new species of trading machines that could think and that seemed, ominously, to be slipping the control of their human masters.
Dark Pools is the fascinating story of how global markets have been hijacked by trading robots - many so self-directed that humans can't predict what they'll do next.
©2012 Scott Patterson (P)2012 Random House Audio
Overall it is a very thoughtful book. Neural and comprehensive. Only dissatisfaction is that the author always put the machine at the opposite side of human being. But in the end, human being develop the algorithm and code the machine. Since there is no truly AI be ache curved so far, the high frequency trading is really just an intensive game between mortals.
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If you read Michael Lewis' "Flash Boys" you were introduced to the high frequency trading world. But that book left out a lot of the details and covered none of the history. This book will explain how the current, computer driven stock market came from and fill in the details on how it works. Fascinating and dangerous.
Very informative book and definitely a book you have to listen 2 more than once. I just wanted him to discuss the different types of orders and how are they looked that in the process. I feel like he touched on the subject but I would have like more info on routing and order types.
This didn't really seem to have an ending. It just sort of stopped. The author was overly fond of some phrases - he would use the same phrasing again and again throughout the book, giving it a repetitive feel. I did learn a lot and the author managed to make a very dense, complicated subject understandable, hence the rating I did give.
It was worth listening to once, but never again.
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