OTC flash crash: Dealers consider risks of HFT invasion

Regulators want over-the-counter markets to be traded more like equities and futures, which could mean opening the door to high-frequency trading, more volatility – and the threat of a rates flash crash. By Laurie Carver

Riccardo Rebonato

A famous, though possibly apocryphal, story has nineteenth century bond traders in London barracking Nathan Rothschild for using carrier pigeons to get word of the Duke of Wellington's victory in the battle of Waterloo ahead of the rest of the market - an information advantage that allowed him to make a killing. In the 1920s, it was not pigeons, but telephones - some of the Wall Street old school complained these gadgets made trading an impersonal, ungentlemanly business.

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