Of course, another name for "layering" is "spoofing" which is precisely the term that the SEC used today when it announced that it charged the owner of a New Jersey-based trading firm and several other defendants "in a scheme to manipulate the market through an illegal practice known as "spoofing."
The Securities and Exchange Commission said that Joseph Dondero, a co-owner of Visionary Trading LLC, as well as several other owners and a New York-based brokerage firm called Lightspeed Trading LLC will collectively pay $3 million to settle the charges. Spoofing involves a trader placing orders without the intention of having them executed, a strategy that tricks people into buying or selling stock at artificial prices. Reuters reported earlier this week that the FBI is also investigating the practice of spoofing more broadly in a probe into high-speed trading.
And to all those who mock Zero Hedge-they were on top of this from the get go....
So is this getting clearer now? Yes: precisely those same "strategies" so pervasively used by HFTs, because Virtu didn't have a 99.9% successful trading history in the past four years from "providing liquidity", and which the SEC had no problems condoning as long as the market was going higher, are suddenly being frowned upon, and HFTs are starting to finally feel the wrath of the regulator. But that will be nothing compared to the wrath of the general public, which just like the CEO of BATS has zero understanding of how HFT actually works, when the upcoming market crash is blamed not on the Fed but on 25 year old math PhDs who "trade" and whose lobbying cash at the SEC no longer works now that almighty Goldman has finally turned its back on the high freaks.
Just as we predicted would happen.