The Knight Capital Story Previewed by Edgar Perez at Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC

Top Quote Edgar Perez, Author, 'The Speed Traders, Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World' and The Speed Traders Workshop 2013, Previewing 'Knightmare on Wall Street' at Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) May 22, 2013 - Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders, An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World (, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington DC on myths and realities of high-frequency trading and offered a preview of his forthcoming book Knightmare on Wall Street (, the Knight Capital story.

    Knight Capital was one of the companies whose fortune had risen as U.S. regulators made a series of changes in the structure of financial markets over the last 15 years. On Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:30am, right after the markets opened for the day, the firm would issue an unprecedented number of erroneous orders into the market. What followed after this shocking announcement were rounds of conversations with a number of players that had smelled blood and were ready to pick up the pieces, if not stopped by an unprecedented frantic telephone activity in an industry where everybody knows everybody. Knightmare on Wall Street is the behind-the-scenes story of this epic event; it will provide a comprehensive account of what took to elevate Knight Capital to the cusp of the investing revolution of the late 1990s and what almost brought down the firm.

    CFR's mission is to be "a resource for its members, official, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries." The CFR aims to maintain a diverse membership, including special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders. It convenes meetings at which government officials, global leaders and prominent members of the foreign policy community discuss major international issues. Its think tank, the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is composed of about fifty adjunct and full-time scholars, as well as ten in-resident recipients of year-long fellowships, who cover the major regions and significant issues shaping today's international agenda. These scholars contribute to the foreign policy debate by making recommendations to the presidential administration, testifying before Congress, serving as a resource to the diplomatic community, interacting with the media, authoring books, reports, articles, and op-eds on foreign policy issues.

    Perez has been engaged to present to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington DC), CFA Singapore, Hong Kong Securities Institute, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Hult International Business School (Shanghai) and Pace University (New York), among other public and private institutions. In addition, Perez has spoken at a number of global conferences, including Harvard Business School's Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (Boston), High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum (New York, Chicago), MIT Sloan Investment Management Conference (Cambridge), Institutional Investor's Global Growth Markets Forum (London), Technical Analysis Society (Singapore), TradeTech Asia (Singapore), FIXGlobal Face2Face (Seoul) and Private Equity Convention Russia, CIS & Eurasia (London).

    Perez has been interviewed on CNBC Cash Flow, CNBC Squawk Box, BNN Business Day, CCTV China,,, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Perez has been featured on 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.

    Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City. 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. Perez resides in the New York City area and is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer.

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