For Investors, Information Overload Creates New Risks

Resource Author:  Daniel S. Gorfine
Resource Date:  09/13/2012
Resource Name:  Yahoo! Finance
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Advances in information technology and the proliferation of open networks are having a profound impact on the world, ranging from transforming communication and commercial marketing practices to enabling political change.
There is a compelling part to this story, however, that has garnered less attention: that these same technological forces are decentralizing and democratizing financial markets, where traditionally a select few institutions have dominated in large part because they had unique access to information and trading platforms. By expanding access, this process is revolutionizing how transactions are executed, information is processed and disseminated, and capital is allocated. This shifting landscape carries with it significant risks to market stakeholders, including individuals, corporations, and governments — but also opportunities for those who adapt.