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Speed Trading: Now faster than the speed of Light??

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:57 am
by MSI
Sept 24, 2013: Mother Jones: Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve by Kevin Drum
A follow up story related to a book review we posted in September 2012: The Mother Jones article begins:
  • "Last Wednesday, the Fed announced that it would not be tapering its bond buying program. This news was released at precisely 2 p.m. in Washington "as measured by the national atomic clock." It takes seven milliseconds for this information to get to Chicago. However, several huge orders that were based on the Fed's decision were placed on Chicago exchanges two to three milliseconds after 2 p.m. How did this happen?"
And how the article includes the "speed of light" we once again quote from the Mother Jones article:
  • "In a related vein, let's talk a bit more about this seven millisecond figure. That might very well be how long it takes a signal to travel from Washington, DC, to Chicago via a fiber-optic cable, but in fact the two cities are only 960 kilometers apart. At the speed of light, that's 3.2 milliseconds. A straight line path would be a bit less, perhaps 3 milliseconds. So maybe someone has managed to set up a neutrino communications network that transmits directly through the earth. It couldn't transfer very much information, but if all you needed was a few dozen bits (taper/no taper, interest rates up/down, etc.) it might work a treat. Did anyone happen to notice an extra neutrino flux in the upper Midwest corridor at 2 p.m. last Wednesday? Perhaps Wall Street has now co-opted not just the math geek community, and not just the physics geek community, but the experimental physics geek community. Wouldn't that be great?"
See the complete article for details related to high speed trading. and be sure to read the book review and related articles: