High-Frequency Trading: How It’s Changing the Market
Publication of Michael Lewis’ new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt about high-frequency trading is causing a global stir, gaining attention from the finance community, journalists, politicians, and the criminal justice world. Many in the financial community are critical of the book and feel that it is too strongly biased against high-frequency trading. For example, many believe that the benefits of high-frequency trading are ignored by most pundits. This suggests a general lack of good information on the issue available to the general public. Fortunately, high-frequency trading is an issue that we follow at CFA Institute, and with the goal of providing relevant information in mind, here is a short, curated list of some of our content on the issue — an issue that we think is here to stay for years to come.
- The Tractor Beam: Explains how high-frequency trading “mechanics” can have an impact on investment performance — even for investors who are not directly using high-frequency trading. (CFA Institute Magazine)
- Beware the Alpha Sharks! High-Frequency Trading and Its Impact on Markets: High-frequency trading is now the norm, and it is not going away. So what can a low-frequency trader do? (Enterprising Investor)
- “An Ugly High-Frequency Mess”: Distorted incentives can lead some high-frequency trading strategies astray. (CFA Institute Magazine)
- Erroneous Combustion: The effects of high-frequency trading can make trading errors worse, more common, and more costly. (CFA Institute Magazine)
- After Dark: Interview with Scott Patterson, author of Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System. Patterson explains a “doomsday scenario” in which high-frequency trading and dark pools combine to cause massive flash crash across different asset classes and market sectors. (CFA Institute Magazine)
- What to Do about High-Frequency Trading: High-frequency traders are engaged in a costly technology arms race that will not end well for investors if regulators do not act soon. (Financial Analysts Journal)
- Poll: Are High-Frequency Trading Reforms Needed?: When we polled readers back in 2012, nearly two-thirds of respondents were in favor of tighter regulations. (Enterprising Investor)
- The Well-Tempered Circuit Breaker: The new limit up/limit down “circuit breaker” system in question is meant to prevent flash crashes, a problem in which high-frequency trading has been implicated. (CFA Institute Magazine)
- Tools vs. Ideologies: Yves Courtois, CFA, points out that because all financial models now appear suspect and high-frequency trading is based on the same unreliable models, the growing influence of high-frequency trading on markets could amplify systemic problems. (CFA Institute Magazine)
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