A "Buy" On A Wire
Soul searching by Goldman's Bonus Babies?
Should a "Buy" on a wire drop a hint to the choir
of machines that so few pay to see?
Like a crooked umpire an Exchange is for hire
but lets you peek-a-boo for a fee.
They may rave; they may rant;
but they've not said we can't.
We're a capitalist society.
With each millisecond peek
our machines have time to tweak
The price so we can make a little more
and you a little less than you'd hoped for.
You'll be played for a fool when we use that dark pool
to buy stocks at a price you can't see.
For the trade we can hide, that's not known far and wide,
can make insider trading tax-free.
Will a "Buy" on a wire at Exchanges we hire
seem "good" to you, but not to an alert SEC?
with a nod of thanks to Leonard Cohen
8/12/09 To 'Goldman Sachs'
To 'S.E.C. Starts Cracking Down'