The Month in Meltdowns
From the paper blizzard 50 years ago when average daily volume on the New York Stock Exchange was 14 million shares to today's "slow" market, when 6 billion shares are traded each day, at a thousandth of a blink of an eye.
SOURCES: Financial InterGroup, SIFMA, Tabb Group, IBM, Ordex Systems, Tellefsen & Co., STM Research
Investing in stocks became almost a national pastime in the 1990s and the start of this century. Then came the credit crisis, the Flash Crash, high unemployment and fast trading that seemed to favor mathematicians rather than investors.
Heres how the shape of equities trading in America has changed since 1990.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority came to be on July 30, 2007. Here are the top 25 enforcement actions it brought to conclusion in its first five years of existence.
Only four exchanges in the entire world gained ground in the first half of this year, according to the World Federation of Exchanges. And, in the U.S., the winner is ... Direct Edge.
Here are six smart companies to watch, who are grappling with solutions that search it, understand it, translate it, analyze it, present it and, ultimately, find ways to make money on it.
CEOs, too, can depart in an instant. Just ask Robert Diamond at Barclays or -- remember? -- Robert Kelly at BNY Mellon. Just who is going to cover that next billion-dollar trading loss? Here's a gallery of CEOs, who can be (or were) here today, gone tomorrow.
Heres a countdown of 10 measures of how well markets are functioning and how fast key functions are now performed.