High Frequency Trading Review


    Buy-side traders and portfolio managers are aware that they are playing on an uneven field with high-frequency traders. It’s not because these market participants are inherently good or bad, but because their actions cause ripples in the pools of liquidity that the buy side must access. High frequency traders – let’s call them short-term alpha players – impact the liquidity in securities at any given moment. By one estimate, short-term alpha trading accounted for 56% of US equity share volume in 2010.

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