Electronic Trading Panel: Is the System Fragile?

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Electronic trading has increased liquidity and lowered trading costs, but is it also driving market volatility and stacking the deck against individual investors? With the financial industry, regulators, academics and investors focused on the benefits and potential risks of electronic trading, the Museum of American Finance, the University of Edinburgh Business School and the American-Scottish Foundation have brought together an exceptional panel to provide perspective on the impact of electronic trading on global markets, investors and the economy.

At a time when many believe financial markets are increasingly disconnected from economic fundamentals and investment performance is based on who has the fastest computers and access to exchanges, the panel will discuss the importance of creating a level playing field for investors, fragmentation and distortions in markets, and the risk of accelerated volatility during periods of market stress.


Tom Easton (moderator), American Finance Editor, The Economist

Dr. Gbenga Ibikunle, Program Director, MSc Energy Finance & Markets, and Assistant Professor of Financial Markets, University of Edinburgh Business School

Patrick McCarty, Managing Director, US Government Relations, ICAP

Bill Nichols, SMD – Office of Business Development, Cantor Fitzgerald

Matt Trudeau, Head of Product, IEX

Electronic Trading Panel (Part 1): Panelist Introductions

Electronic Trading Panel (Part 2): Is the System Fragile?

Electronic Trading Panel (Part 3): To Regulate or Not to Regulate?

Electronic Trading Panel (Part 4): Is Trading Fair?

Electronic Trading Panel (Part 5): Significant Developments In Recent Years

About the Museum

The Museum of American Finance is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. Housed in an historic bank building on Wall Street, the Museum’s magnificent grand mezzanine banking hall provides an ideal setting for permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton.

The Museum is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) Smithsonian affiliate creating non-ideological presentations and programs for purposes of education and general public awareness. Financial education is at the core of the Museum’s mission, seeking to promote lifelong learning and inquiry.

As a chronicler of American financial achievement and development, the Museum seeks to play a special role as a guardian of America’s collective financial memory, as well as a presenter and interpreter of current financial issues, thereby connecting the past with the present while serving as a guide for the future.

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