I don't know about you, but I'm ordering Michael Lewis' new book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" – and I'm ordering it today.
Of course, Michael Lewis is the author of two of the biggest-selling books ever written about Wall Street: "Liar's Poker" (1990), an autobiographical portrait of excessively greedy bond traders during the 1980s, and "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" (2010), which chronicles the housing bubble that led to the Great Recession in 2007.
While those earlier books captured how Wall Street excesses can lead to devastating losses for individual investors, Lewis' newest work aims to prove something even more damning – that the U.S. Stock Market, "the most iconic market in global capitalism, is rigged."
I'm looking forward to reading it.
And it looks like the FBI will be ordering a few copies, too.
Can the FBI Stop the High-Frequency Trading Charade?
Specifically, Michael Lewis' book is about high-frequency trading (HFT), a technology that allows certain firms to make billions in profits simply by "beating" investors to the exchanges.
The profits were so big that one firm, according to Lewis, spent $300 million building high-speed fiber optic cables between New Jersey and Chicago just to shave 3 milliseconds off the time the trades could be executed.
If you didn't catch the 60 Minutes interview with Michael Lewis Sunday, you can watch it here.
And late yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it would be investigating some of these financial-market "bad actors."
Of course, let it be known that I've been ranting about high-frequency trading since long before the "flash crash" in 2010.
In April 2010, in Money Morning, I wrote:
"The massive proliferation of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have become so popular with retail investors is also a major cause of the misleading stock-market volume statistics. And not because they are traded by investors, but because they are traded by a handful of privileged 'INSIDERS'."
I said it then, and I'll say it again: High-frequency trading is a total rip-off – and it does nothing for markets, unless you consider how it actually makes markets thinner, not more liquid.
And you want to know what's the most damning thing about it?
About the Author
Shah Gilani is the Event Trading Specialist for Money Map Press. In Zenith Trading Circle Shah reveals the worst companies in the markets - right from his coveted Bankruptcy Almanac - and how readers can trade them over and over again for huge gains. He also writes our most talked-about publication, Wall Street Insights & Indictments, where he reveals how Wall Street's high-stakes game is really played.