Industry Panel Addresses High-Frequency Trading at CME Group’s Global Finance Leadership Conference 2012

Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders: An Insider’s Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World
If high-frequency trading is not one of the top issues of discussion at this year’s Global Financial Leadership Conference, then properly addressing it in the future most likely is. The lead-off panel at the conference in Naples, Florida discussed the perceptions, realities and possible regulatory outcomes for high-speed electronic trading, often referred to as “algorithmic” or “high-frequency” trading.

Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders, and speaker at upcoming High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 London, listed four key elements to defining HFT:

1. Talking about it in microseconds

2. Co-location, or the close proximity of matching engines between a trading firm and an exchange.

3. The use of highly liquid instruments

4. The lack of a need to hold investments, or an environment that allows rapid buying and selling.

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