While it may not technically qualify as academic research, the folks at Grant Thornton have just published a report which highlights the ultimate problem that our corrupted market structure has created. Their report titled “Back to Basics for Equity Markets” focuses on why there is a growing crisis in the small company sector. They conclude that the equity markets have been distorted by “high frequency trading and the unrestricted growth of synthetic equity products.” This study was done in the UK and analyzed UK companies but the problems and conclusions
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