China is Not Ready for High-Frequency Trading: Official

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May 17, 2012 – By Ma Nan

(Morning Whistle.com) – China is not ready to introduce high-frequency trading (HFT), Wu Xiaoling, former deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said at the 37th annual conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions in Beijing.

Wu, also deputy director of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee and a Standing Committee Member, said that while HFT may technically boost the market’s efficiency, it is not clear whether it will echo the government’s desire to consolidate investment based on value in the capital market, Reuters reported.

She also argued that HFT may lead to a vicious cycle involving massive trading volumes. Trading costs could also rise significantly as institutions invest in upgrading equipment to speed up trading, which would in turn hurt the market.

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