First of all, I am starting this thread for discussion and not flames. Starting last Thursday, the NYSE abuses skyrocketed. I'm already somewhat used to the common order execution manipulation, uptick scam, price "improvements" and liquidity pulls but for the past week the specialists have went on a rampage. I have had consistent problems with limits not being honored & printed through, locked/crossed limits held while price was improved make sure the limits are not filled, market orders simply held out to god knows what price. Besides that, the cancel command has secretly become the magical way to get filled regardless of whether your order was out there for a millisecond or 5 minutes and canceled orders are somehow revived & filled out of nowhere and out of the money. It is not just me, other NYSE traders in my office has felt the same pain. Over the weekend I spoke with a friend who works for a very successful hedge fund and he said that Thurs & Fri their traders were flipping out and feeling the pain from the specialist screw. NYSE trading conditions have already been consistently degenerating YTD. Declining volume, lack of volatility, choppy market & dead ranges are becoming common everyday conditions that I am pretty much used to. But this is a really drastic change, making NYSE almost untradeable, at least to me. Personally, I am concerned since Memorial Day and summer are just around the corner so naturally I am expecting a tougher market in the upcoming weeks. But just how much worse can it get? One trader told me that from reading some articles he gathered that NYSE is going electronic within the year. This mounting abuse might be a confirmation as the NYSE sadists, knowing their tirade is over, are robbing traders for every penny. Please, I do not need to hear how this and that NYSE trader is making this and that. I'm still up for the month and I know there are traders making money from NYSE. Yes I know bout S&P and other trading vehicles but I am not stupid to just jump in and give up my money to you guys. I have my own solutions and taking my own steps. My concern is about the trading conditions with NYSE, a sole trading vehicle that many prop traders started with and very used to. I am also concerned about general trading conditions in US equities. Has Naz experienced such a dragdown as well? No flames, no pissing contests please just some discussion. I am not looking for condolences or arguments. Thank you.