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Professors Donald Crooks, John Slayton and John Burbridge provide an academic overview of the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) and quantitative techniques on financial markets. Because they cover so much historical and technological detail in a brief report, they do not address any particular aspect in depth or with particular rigor. That said, this overview does touch on salient points in the development of Wall Street and electronic trading, and puts the ICT revolution in its proper context. getAbstract suggests this pocket history to financial executives and managers, business students who want an introduction to the impact of ICT on markets, and those interested in the past saga and future prospects of securities trading.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How information technology and analytical techniques shape financial markets,
  • What may have caused the 2010 “flash crash” and what regulators need to do to prevent similar future events.

About the Authors

John Slayton is a principal of The Trust Company of the South and an adjunct assistant professor of finance at Elon University, North Carolina, where John Burbridge is a professor of operations and supply chain management. Donald Crooks is an associate professor at Wagner College.



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