"We risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance"
- Rubén Blades

"You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it"
- Art Buchwald

"It's getting exciting now, two and one-half. Think of everything we've accomplished, man. Out these windows, we will view the collapse of financial history. One step closer to economic equilibrium"
- Tyler Durden

"It is your corrupt we claim. It is your evil that will be sought by us. With every breath, we shall hunt them down."
- Boondock Saints

Friday, October 21, 2011

HFT Attack Paper Money Challenge Run By CNBC

Hey, I don't why CNBC had to cancel the challenge, after all wouldn't HFT have made the bid/ask spreads tighter and offered more paper liquidity for the faux market??  Not only are the kids learning math apparently they're Keynesians with their inflated paper money accounts.

From CNBC:
Trading in CNBC's Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge was suspended as of close of trading today at 4:00 p.m. ET for one week. 

It came to our attention that there was a technical glitch in the current equity-trading system, which a handful of players found and exploited to jump to the top of the leaderboard. The contest accidentally allowed what our rules specifically prohibited. 

Out of fairness to all registered contestants and as is our right, according to the rules of the contest, we are suspending the contest and will restart it Sunday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Upon relaunch, all player accounts will be reset to their opening balance. Play will begin anew for the final five weeks of the contest. All winners from the first five weeks, including this week, will retain their prizes. 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but fundamental fairness compels us to take this action.