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Michael Lewis is wrong, says Knightmare on Wall Street's Edgar Perez: Markets are not any more 'RIGGED' than before

Edgar Perez, former McKinsey and IBM consultant, is a global speaker and author of The Speed Traders, Knightmare on Wall Street, and the forthcoming The 11th-Hour Deal, Behind Washington’s Closed Doors During the 16-day Government Shutdown of October 2013


According to Edgar Perez, author of Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets, stock markets are not any more 'rigged' than at the beginning of financial trading. He sustains that in free markets, participants are capable of making their own decisions. Different participants have always sought out an "edge" in different ways. Some do deep dives on the fundamentals, others look at related markets and others optimize for speed, therefore, arriving at different prices for the same instruments.

He further claims that all traders agreed on price, there would be no need for financial markets. Efficient markets need a mix a participants trading for different reasons and from different perspectives. Efficient markets are based on trust that the trading infrastructure will be up 100% of the time and that trading participants have systems 100% tested. That’s where regulators play a role by enforcing the rules that can strengthen trust in the market and stopping the “sad new market reality”.

Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets, was recently reviewed by The Huffington Post which praised its “great historical analysis and insights into what exactly went wrong” with Knight Capital. “Edgar Perez's book takes the reader on a wild ride. A forensic analysis showed how an old forgotten line of code, like an ex-girlfriend, showed up and turned itself on, which began instantly trading a cascade of orders. By 10:00 am that morning, the Knight Capital IT team was able to stop the program, but it continued finishing trades for the next fifteen minutes. Then they began to assess the damage.

James Grundvig, author of the review and CEO/Founder of CloudNician LLC, concludes: “From a platform launch with a morning cup of coffee, to the brink of bankruptcy in less than an hour, Knightmare is a book that is both a page-turner and modern historical drama with outsized egos, supersized packages, and bailouts from rivals who turn into sharks in a chum feeding frenzy.” The full review can be accessed here:

Knightmare on Wall Street(, the fascinating story of Knight Capital, was also the most favorably reviewed Kindle edition book on Amazon in 2013, with an average rating of 5 out of five stars. Knight Capital, founded by Kenneth Pasternak and Walter Raquet in 1995, had seen its fortunes change as U.S. regulators made a series of changes in the structure of financial markets and computers were progressively expanding their share of trading. The Flash Crash, the infamous 1,000 point drop of the DJIA on May 6, 2010 (the largest one-day point decline in history), illustrated how market structure problems could almost instantaneously cascade from one market participant to the rest.

Mr. Perez ( has been interviewed on CNBC, FOX BUSINESS, Bloomberg TV, CNN en Español, Sina Finance, BNN's Business Day, CCTV China,,, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia's Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Mr. Perez has been globally featured on FXFactor, Columbia Business, OpenMarkets, Sohu,, Yicai, eastmoney, Caijing,, 360doc, AH Radio,, CITICS Futures, Tongxin Securities,,, Caixin, Futures Daily, Xinhua, CBN Newswire, Chinese Financial News,, International Finance News,,,, The Korea Times, The Korea Herald, The Star, The Malaysian Insider, BMF 89.9, iMoney Hong Kong, CNBC, Bloomberg Hedge Fund Brief, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Valor Econômico, FIXGlobal Trading, TODAY Online, Oriental Daily News and Business Times.

Mr. Perez ( was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co., the American global management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management; the firm serves as an adviser to businesses, governments, and institutions around the world. McKinsey is widely considered to be the most prestigious management consulting firm in the world, with over 100 offices in 60 countries.

Mr. Perez ( has an undergraduate degree from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, New York, with a dual major in Finance and Management (2002). He belongs to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Mr. Perez ( resides in the New York City metro area and is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer.

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