Erik Hunsader, the founder of Nanex, has been a frequent watcher of the markets. His twitter feed often has screenshots of suspected spoofing and market manipulation. Reuters declares him as “an outspoken critic
of high-frequency traders.”
Yet if you follow him on twitter you will see that he isn’t really outspoken. Rather he seems to be more of a fair market champion.
Trading Industry Compliance Structure
- Countries have regulators to oversee their country markets.
- Exchanges, working as Self Regulatory Organizations, oversee their market.
- Broker dealers have compliance teams that oversee their traders, and their client traders.
- Some buy side firms have compliance staff to support their traders.
And all this looks good. The overlapping controls and oversight looks strong.
But is it enough in a new of global markets and every increasing trading software and hardware?
A New Crowd Sourcing Model Starting?
The US CFTC has dramatically increased its Whistleblower awareness. For the past couple of years they have been very visible at the Future Industry Association’s annual expo. They recently launched a new website to allow the public to apply
of monetary rewards (see CFTC Launches Whistleblower Program’s Website).
It is obvious that Erik Hunsader has taken advantage of a similar program with the SEC. (see Reuters U.S. SEC to pay high-frequency trading critic whistleblower award.)
With a the growth of increased technology for the public, including software like Nanex, and CQG, and others, are we now approaching a world in which the “Crowd” can now be active in the compliance world? Can all those compliance managers who have been
let go from the ever decreasing number of FCMs now have a home based side business where they become professional whistleblowers and market surveillance teams from the “crowd”?
It makes you think, doesn’t it?