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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The first quarter went out with a bang, Jim Cramer said on Mad Money Monday. But even as many investors said "good riddance" to a topsy-turvy quarter, the buzz on Wall Street on Monday was Michael Lewis' new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.
Cramer said the only thing shocking about Lewis' new book is that people find it shocking at all. Cramer has been a long-time opponent of high-frequency trading, warning investors of how this type of trading hurts not only investors but the markets themselves.
Yet, while the practice of front-running is illegal, high-frequency trading has been overlooked and even embraced by the SEC and the major exchanges. "It's not stealing if it's not illegal," Cramer said as he wished Lewis more luck than he in raising awareness of the issue.High-frequency trading may only shave a penny or two from your trades, Cramer continued, but given the average market volume, that adds up to $21 million a day skimmed from the pockets of regular investors. That's why Cramer said he advocates investing for the long term. In the short term, you're sure to lose, he continued, but sticking with solid, multi-year trends will be a winner every time.