The NYSE's new owner has historically been aligned with a few large banks.
FORTUNE -- Observers have long been worried about the New York Stock Exchange's ability to police stock trading so that it's fair for all investors. The acquisition by the InterContinental Exchange (ICE), which in late-December agreed to buy the NYSE (NYX) for $8.2 billion, may make matters worse.
Historically, the NYSE has been what's called a self-regulating organization. The MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jan 7, 2013 11:26 AM ET
The threatening tax increase is leading to a rocky market, and an opportunity for the government.
FORTUNE -- Here's another reason the rich are different than the rest of us: They can't do math. Or maybe they just don't bother.
Apparently rich folk are betting that the fiscal cliff, the mix of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to kick in January 1, is going to happen. They are doing MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Nov 19, 2012 4:18 PM ET
Hurricane did no damage to the stock market or confidence in the recovery.
FORTUNE -- Mr. Market thinks Hurricane Sandy won't derail the recovery. And that's a real good sign.
Some observers thought stocks would dive when the market opened for the first time after Hurricane Sandy brought much of the east coast to a halt.
Instead, stocks climbed when the market opened. By the end of the day, the S&P 500 was MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Oct 31, 2012 3:03 PM ET
Nationstar is benefiting from a resurgent home loan market and Washington gridlock.
Update: 3:30 PM, 10/24
I guess I called the top. On Wednesday, Nationstar lost out to rival Ocwen in its bid to take over servicing the mortgage portfolio of GM's former finance arm ResCap. In late afternoon, shares of Nationstar had tumbled 10% to $31. That makes Nationstar still one of the best performing IPO of the year. But no MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Oct 24, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Wall Street loves a Republican president, right? Not so fast. With history as our judge, the answer is not so clear.
FORTUNE -- One of the questions I get asked these days is whether a win by Mitt Romney or by Barack Obama would be better for the stock market. To which the only honest answer is "I have no earthly idea." Any competent and dispassionate market analyst will tell you MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Sep 19, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The reason for stock market skittishness might be more mundane than high-frequency trading and computer algorithms gone amuck.
FORTUNE -- The TABB Group, a research firm that specializes in stock trading and technology, is out with what appears to be a concerning stat: Just 2% of professional investors completely trust the market.
It's become a common line to say that Knight Capital's recent trading glitch, the bungled Facebook IPO and the 2010 MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Aug 23, 2012 11:04 AM ET
An increase in stock trading rule changes is making it hard for firms to keep up.
FORTUNE -- Perhaps the only thing moving faster than high-frequency traders are the changes to the rules that govern how they trade.
On the day of the flub that cost Knight Capital Group (KCG) $440 million in 45 minutes and briefly caused turmoil in over 100 stocks, the New York Stock Exchange issued three changes to MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Aug 8, 2012 2:40 PM ET
Building error-free trading software is impossible, and that makes today's stock markets even more fragile.
FORTUNE -- One question keeps arising in the saga of Knight Capital and its $440 million software glitch: why did Knight, one of the premier U.S. market makers that handles more than 10% of total stock trading, introduce glitchy software into the market?
CEO Thomas Joyce explained in a television interview that the company's new software program MOREScott Cendrowski, writer - Aug 3, 2012 2:17 PM ET
New study suggests that stocks do a better job of predicting inflation than gold, real estate or anything else.
Fortune -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke often gets criticized for overreacting to the stock market. But maybe that's exactly what he should be doing.
QE2 and Operation Twist were announced after market drops. And the recent swoon in the Dow, despite rebounding yesterday, along with some rather weak economic data, have reignited MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jun 15, 2012 6:00 AM ET
FORTUNE -- Is the market too calm?
Despite some recent bumps, shares have mostly raced up this year, and investors seem to be getting less and less worried about risking their money in stocks. The VIX (VIX), which is sometimes called the fear index because it tracks how many people are buying insurance against a market drop, fell 5% on Tuesday to just over 18. That capped a big recent drop MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Apr 25, 2012 6:00 AM ET
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