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16 Major Firms May Have Received Early Data From Thomson Reuters (Matt Taibbi)

"Readers may recall an ugly story that broke earlier this summer, when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman rebuked the news/business information firm Thomson Reuters for selling access to key economic survey data two seconds early to high-frequency algorithmic traders. The story strongly suggested that some Thomson Reuters customers were using their two-second head start (an eternity in the modern world of computerized trading) to front-run the markets.

"The early release of market-moving survey data undermines fair play in the markets," Schneiderman said, back in the second week of July. Thomson Reuters suspended the practice of selling two-second head starts after Schneiderman insisted upon a change. Still, the firm defiantly refused to declare the change permanent and insisted that it had the right to "legally distribute non-governmental data" to "fee-paying subscribers."

It turns out that there's more to the story.

Back in June, journalist Simone Foxman at the global economic site Quartz reported that in addition to the two-second head start some Thomson Reuters customers were getting on the release of the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers, other customers may have been getting their data even earlier, "nearly an hour in advance" in some cases."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/16-major...

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it certainly feels this way

it certainly feels this way when trading sometimes. they do stock splits and while you are waiting for your shares to be converted, the stock is trading, and you can't buy or sell ... it's a joke ... there are a lot of things going on with markets that are not free and fair and the little guy gets clobbered

All paper money eventually returns to its real intrinsic value, zero. - Voltaire