Re: Are You Sure? (Fri.)

Subject: Re: Are You Sure? (Fri.)
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 14:53:08 -0500

All of a sudden that anachronistic system the NYSE uses doesn't look so bad. A human being (the specialist) makes the market between human floor traders who are executing customer buy and sell orders transmitted from their firms. There is a potential for small abuses, as we've seen in recent years, but the kind of mistake Gene described couldn't happen with that kind of wetware-mediated system. The trade simply would not have been executed.

Of course, the NYSE just closed a deal for an automated trading system, potentially signaling the end of the old system. Maybe this case will give them pause.

I am of the opinion that a simple "are you sure?" dialog would not
have assured prevention of this, as most people will look at an
error they've just made and not notice it. The SW would have
to actually compare the price entered to the current market price
and then pop up an "are you crazy?" message.

Gene Kim-Eng


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