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High-Frequency Hyperbole

“A few nights ago, CBS's ‘60 Minutes’ provided a forum for author Michael Lewis to announce that Wall Street is ‘rigged’ and for the sponsors of a new trading venue called IEX to promise to unrig it. The focus of the TV segment was high-frequency trading, or HFT, an innovation now over 20 years old.”

“The stock market isn't rigged and IEX hasn't yet generated a lot of interest. In our profession, what we saw on ‘60 Minutes’ is called "talking your book"—in Mr. Lewis's case, literally.”