The Quality of Our Financial Markets

Taking Stock of Where We Stand

  • Robert A. Schwartz
  • John Aidan Byrne
  • Gretchen Schnee
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jim Gatheral, Ari Burstein, Kevin Callahan, Charles-Albert Lehalle, Doreen Mogavero, Lawrence Ryan et al.
    Pages 1-16
  3. Reto Francioni
    Pages 17-27
  4. Andrew Brooks, Robert Gasser, Susan Greenglass, Gary Katz, Tim Mahoney, Joe Mecane et al.
    Pages 29-44
  5. Rob Shapiro, Alfred Eskandar, Marie Konstance, Matt Lyons, Mary McDermott-Holland, David Palmer et al.
    Pages 45-64
  6. Marcus Hooper, Stuart Adams, Paul Britton, Joseph Cangemi, Jim Ross, Justin Schack et al.
    Pages 65-81
  7. Richard Ketchum
    Pages 83-88

About these proceedings


The structure and operations of the US equity markets have evolved dramatically in recent decades with the advent of major technology and regulatory changes.  Nothing short of a groundbreaking shift has occurred in the securities industry as the transition has been made from predominantly manual, human intermediated trading to predominantly electronic trading.  By many measures, commission, spreads and market impact costs have been dramatically reduced in recent years. But does that mean that market quality has improved? That is the key question addressed in this book, titled after the Baruch College Conference, The Quality of Our Financial Markets: Taking Stock of Where We Stand.  Featuring contributions from a distinguished panel of practitioners, academicians, and regulators, this volume offers a penetrating and timely account of the most current issues in market quality, covering such topics as high-frequency trading; the Flash Crash of May 6th, 2010; dark pools; lit pools; fragmentation; disruptive and advanced technologies. And, very significantly, it takes a close look at the impact and influence of regulation.

The Zicklin School of Business Financial Markets Series presents the insights emerging from a sequence of conferences hosted by the Zicklin School at Baruch College for industry professionals, regulators, and scholars. Much more than historical documents, the transcripts from the conferences are edited for clarity, perspective and context; material and comments from subsequent interviews with the panelists and speakers are integrated for a complete thematic presentation. Each book is focused on a well delineated topic, but all deliver broader insights into the quality and efficiency of the U.S. equity markets and the dynamic forces changing them.


Capital Raising Consolidation Equity Market Quality Fragmentation Transaction Costs Transparency

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Schwartz
    • 1
  • John Aidan Byrne
    • 2
  • Gretchen Schnee
    • 3
  1. 1., Zicklin School of BusinessBaruch College, CUNYNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.New YorkUSA
  3. 3., Zicklin School of BusinessBaruch College, CUNYNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5591-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5592-9
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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