2012-08-02 — thefiscaltimes.com
This time around -- insofar as it's possible to piece together what happened -- it seems as if the computers ran amok, sticking Knight not only with damage to its reputation on Wall Street but with a loss that some have estimated could be as high as $300 million.
It's not that they mind the computerized trading, the human traders insist. It's just that the two systems, human and cyber, don't have to play by the same rules. "If a human being tried to do what these systems routinely do -- test the market to see how people will respond by submitting orders and then pulling them back in milliseconds -- then the SEC would be all over them" for violating trading rules, says one veteran trader and portfolio manager.
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