Monday, August 06, 2012

Once a Vampire Squid, always a Vampire Squid

Wall Street Journal article on the scramble to save the Knight Capital brokerage --

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to buy the [erroneously purchased] stock in a bulk lot at a discount, causing Knight to record a loss on the deal.

That loss was $440 million.

Then again, as the firm's staff said to the themselves over the disastrous weekend arising from a software-induced trading error, it was all the fault of "One line of code."