The New Speed of Money, Reshaping Markets -> nytimes.com/2011/01/02/busin … l?_r=1&hpw
It still has to go through a broker though, who charges a fee? Is it only a matter of time before anyone can get a licence to trade electronically and all trades will be commission free?
Even that requires the brokers to give access to their clients.
I always thought it funny that the great emblem of the free markets - stock exchanges - could only be accessed by a select few.