Knightmare on Wall Street will provide a comprehensive look at current market structure, including the earth-shaking reforms that were brought by the SEC in the equities world. It will begin by looking at the traditional model that was dominated by the New York Stock Exchange, the SEC’s effort to create an advanced national market system to ensure that orders get the best available pricing and the emergence of alternative trading systems and dark pools. After a detailed explanation of headline-grabbing incidents, starting with the Flash Crash, the Pipeline Trading’ SEC investigation, the failed BATS IPO, the botched Facebook IPO and, ultimately, what has been called, the “Knightmare on Wall Street”, involving Knight Capital’s trading system malfunction.
The reader of Knightmare on Wall Street will come away with a thorough understanding of the history of market structure in the U.S. equities world and the contrasting viewpoints about the impact of regulation and technology, and why the author believes that the sky is not falling, and we are instead experimenting the initial hiccups of what will be a new era of investing and trading in the U.S. that will be adopted around the world.
Reviews for Perez’s first title, The Speed Traders, which was published in English by McGraw-Hill Inc. and in Mandarin by China Financial Publishing House, were overwhelmingly positive. "The Speed Traders, written by Edgar Perez, offers cutting-edge intelligence on the relatively concealed industry of High-Frequency Trading. The substantial foundation of HFT is laid out and combined with thorough interviews to make sense of the complicated technicalities in HFT. Perez gives the whole picture by critically defining HFT, charting its inconspicuous emanation into the securities market, breaking down the flash crash of 2010, forecasting the indisputable role that HFT will play in the financial world, and perhaps most importantly, walking the reader through 6 different evaluations with actual high frequency traders."
"The interviews were the most valuable asset in making this industry understandable. The first person narrative is key because it's easy to comprehend and relatively scarce in current literature for many reasons, two of which are that traders are reluctant to disclose strategies on generating alpha and the barriers of entry to the HFT industry are so high that there is only a limited amount of traders that actually know what they are talking about. Readers searching for break-through information on HFT have met their match because The Speed Traders is in a class of its own. Its exceptionally designed equilibrium between fleshed-out mentorship and historical HFT knowledge delivers core comprehension of a challenging topic."
Perez is widely regarded as the preeminent global expert in the specialized area of high-frequency trading. Perez is course director of The Speed Traders Workshop 2012, How High Frequency Traders Leverage Profitable Strategies to Find Alpha in Equities, Options, Futures and FX, http://www.TheSpeedTradersWorkshop.com, (Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Warsaw, Kiev, New York, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Ho Chi Minh, New York, Dubai and Chicago), and was Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he taught Algorithmic Trading and High-Frequency Finance. He contributes regularly to China's International Finance News.
Perez has been interviewed on CNBC Cash Flow, CNBC Squawk Box, BNN Business Day, CCTV China, Bankier.pl, TheStreet.com, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Perez has been featured on Caixin, Futures Daily, Xinhua, CBN Newswire, Chinese Financial News, ifeng.com, International Finance News, hexun.com, Finance.QQ.com, Finance.Sina.com, The Korea Times, The Korea Herald, The Star, BMF 89.9, iMoney Hong Kong, CNBC, Bloomberg Hedge Fund Brief, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Valor Econômico, FIXGlobal Trading, TODAY Online, Oriental Daily News and Business Times.
Perez has been engaged to present to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington DC), CFA Singapore, Hong Kong Securities Institute, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Hult International Business School (Shanghai) and Pace University (New York), among other public and private institutions. In addition, Perez has spoken at a number of global conferences, including Harvard Business School's Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (Boston), High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum (New York, Chicago), MIT Sloan Investment Management Conference (Cambridge), Institutional Investor's Global Growth Markets Forum (London), Technical Analysis Society (Singapore), TradeTech Asia (Singapore), FIXGlobal Face2Face (Seoul) and Private Equity Convention Russia, CIS & Eurasia (London).
Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City. Perez has an undergraduate degree from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, New York, with a dual major in Finance and Management (2002). He belongs to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Perez resides in the New York City area and is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer.
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