Aaron Lucchetti in the Wall Street Journal on the rapid growth (and importance of speed) for algorithmic traders.

Henny Sender in the Wall Street Journal looks at a firm that is trying to blend private equity and distressed debt investing.

Jenny Anderson in the New York Times on the SEC making hedge funds available to the “very, very rich.”

Annelena Lobb in the Wall Street Journal on what the first alternative investment IPO means for investors.

All About Alpha on the “option value” of the incentive fee for hedge fund managers.

John Carney at DealBreaker.com on more hedge funds looking to get out from under SEC registration.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed on some notable divergences as the stock market sits at record highs.

Mark Hulbert at Marketwatch.com on the mixed performance of investor sentiment measures during this most recent upswing.

Eddy Elfenbein at Crossing Wall Street on the “pessimism of crowds.”

David Gaffen at MarketBeat on whether the economy is “buckling.”

macroblog notes the growing market consensus for no change in the Fed funds rate.

Capital Chronicle is in the Blog Spotlight at the Big Picture.

Roger Nusbaum at TheStreet.com on the need for a buy-write ETF.

Josh Peters at Morningstar.com on why you should prefer cash dividends over stock buybacks.

Jen Ryan at TheStreet.com on how a closed-end fund is eliminating its persistent discount to NAV by becoming an ETF.

Joe Mysak at Bloomberg.com on the extent of muni bond investment by the rich.

Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report makes an “early outlier prediction.”

Daniel W. Drezner on the globalization of baseball.

Phew! That was too close for comfort.

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