Reg NMS created a huge bifurcation in equity markets and while much of what has followed has been positive, in terms of lower fees and greater liquidity, many traders would like to see the market come back together.
High frequency trading is not evil, it is not a conspiracy and it really is not new; it is the natural evolution of the professional trading community making markets, providing liquidity and hopefully—but not always—earning a profit.
The settlement talks follow a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry begun more than two years ago into key facets of modern markets, including order types -- or instructions for handling transactions that traders can send to exchanges.
After the book, our stock market, IEX Group Inc., became a topic of discussion -- some positive, some negative, some true and some false. Fair enough. If you're in the spotlight and doing something different, you should take the heat along with the light.