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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Flash Boys is a very good book.  Reading it will cause you to th

    Flash Boys is a very good book.  Reading it will cause you to think of many things.  Anyone who owns stock or has a 401K with stock
    in it would profit from reading this book. There is a great deal of information coupled with an engaging story.  

    Most of us don't even begin to understand what impacts our investments and how Wall Street makes money.  Some of the information
    is extremely technical both in describing financial transactions and in explaining the technical aspects of software creation and control.
    I am still not sure I understand it all, but I understand more than I did before I read it.

    At its heart, it is a story of how a complex system (the stock exchanges) can be gamed.  In this case, it results is high speed trading
    on the stock market that only a few brokers and banks can use at the little guys expense.
    The result is a system that, like casinos, is rigged in the "House's" favor.  The story follows a banker who figured out the "game" and
    his attempts to address it.  Some of the book is very dry, but I still wanted to understand and learn more.

    Not a lite read...but I did enjoy it and will be interest to watch what happens to the High Speed Trading firms and systems.  Will IEX
    change things?  What I am sure of is that the gamers will find another hole in some system.  
     

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Very enjoyable and I feel smarter for having read it.  I wouldn'

    Very enjoyable and I feel smarter for having read it. 
    I wouldn't be afraid of the technical stuff. Most folks can understand the speed of light and that,  IMO, is the heart of the technical discussion.
    I enjoyed reading the names of the firms involved and how they might have been bashed in one chapter and redeemed later.  
       

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Just Like Online Shooter Games

    This is a great book and an amazing story. Anyone who's ever played Call of Duty or Battlefield (or any online MMO for that matter) could've looked at what was happening on your computer screen and seen that someone was playing "in the future". In the game Call of Duty, when you're shooting someone and they turn around and kill you, they are referred to be playing "in the future". Those were my thoughts reading the first couple chapters of the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Mr. Lewis can take the most difficult financial material and make it simple enough for you to understand. What could be more confusing the stock market and computers? He explains it in clear terms to simply cutting in line. The ability to purchase all stock that is available because your first and know others are waiting in line should not be fair. Mr Lewis shows there is hope for fairness from of all places Goldman Sachs.
    A book for all to read even if you do not trade stocks for a living. You have a pension and these "Flash Boys" effect it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    the book was a great read

    the book was a great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Brilliant people who care.

    Interesting read about some unselfish people who use their intelligence for good. Also, a sad portrayal of the current stock market. Good to know stuff, and well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Not being someone who truly understands Wall Street and how it w

    Not being someone who truly understands Wall Street and how it works. this book was very informative. My initial reaction was "these guys are under such stress and do they have life outside of Wall Street". The average American is so trusting and Wall Street is not to be trusted. Lots of technical language but still a good read.

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    Posted May 11, 2014

    Make a sexy message for me to come bak to

    If you use alll characters ill be ur slave later ;-)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Braselton. This is a great book. I spent much time deciding if I

    Braselton. This is a great book. I spent much time deciding if I anted to read it. After reading this book I realize I should have spent more time reading it then thinking about reading it. taxes. cars. Hope you enjoy it very much. Jesus Saves!! Richard Wilder

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