The Problem of HFT - Collected Writings on High Frequency Trading & Stock Market Structure Reform

By Haim Bodek

This e-book explores the challenge of excessive frequency buying and selling (HFT) in addition to the desire for US inventory industry reform. This selection of formerly released and unpublished fabrics comprises the subsequent articles and white papers:

1. the matter of HFT - explains how HFTs got here to dominate US fairness markets through exploiting synthetic merits brought by means of digital exchanges that catered to HFT strategies

2. HFT Scalping Strategies - describes the first positive aspects of recent HFT recommendations presently lively in US equities in addition to the advantages those options extract from the maker-taker marketplace version and the regulatory framework of the nationwide marketplace system

3. Why HFTs Have an Advantage - explains the serious value of HFT-oriented certain order forms and alternate order matching engine practices within the operation of recent HFT strategies

4. HFT - A Systemic Issue - a dialogue of the newest and regulatory advancements with reference to switch order matching practices that serve to virtue HFTs over the general public customer

5. digital Liquidity Strategy - proposes a conceptual framework for institutional investors to accomplish more desirable execution functionality in HFT-oriented digital industry venues

6. Reforming the nationwide industry System - proposes a 10-step plan for strengthening the operation of the U.S. equities market so one can serve the wishes of long term investors

7. NZZ Interview with Haim Bodek - addresses present themes and recommendations for US equities industry constitution reforms

8. TradeTech Interview with Haim Bodek - addresses the present prestige of the HFT specific order sort debate

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In reality, within the 1000s of articles, interviews, convention talks, and educational papers that addressed the subject of HFT, there has been almost no point out of the function of specified order forms in sleek HFT till the 1st sector of 2012, whilst regulatory scrutiny of HFT-oriented precise order forms grew to become public wisdom. [5] Over the interval from 2007-2012, whereas an remarkable flurry of latest HFT-oriented targeted order forms have been both brought into or revised and up to date with new gains, scarcely a notice was once spoken approximately those advancements within the endless HFT debate. there has been, after all, no point out in discussion of the significance to HFT concepts of exploiting unfair and discriminatory positive aspects embedded in detailed order forms, good points which gave HFTs preferential therapy over the general public shoppers (and that have been exploited through HFTs together with their velocity advantage). extra particularly, those strategies led to a couple of order matching engine practices that served to choice HFTs over the general public investor:  unfair order dealing with practices that let HFTs to step sooner than investor orders in violation of price-time precedence  unfair rebooking and repositioning of investor orders that allow HFTs to turn out of poisonous trades  unfair conversion of investor orders eligible for maker rebates into detrimental executions incurring taker charges  unfair insertion of HFT intermediaries in among valid customer-to-customer matching  unfair and discriminatory order dealing with of investor orders in the course of unexpected cost hobbies those order matching engine practices both at the moment exist or have existed on approximately each significant digital alternate. The tendency for every digital alternate to check characteristic for characteristic with rival exchanges ended in related performance throughout marketplace venues. in addition, even if the explicit practices famous above are good understood through HFTs and exchanges, being valuable to the “guaranteed economics” association afforded HFTs, those order matching engine practices are, for the main half, undocumented. The order matching engine abuses famous above characterize fundamental alphas that assisted HFTs in turning out to be their volumes to dominate greater than 1/2 US fairness quantity, positive factors that experience made conventional order kinds very unlikely to take advantage of with out being subjected to reserve matching engine abuses. the whole fiscal effect and the majority of HFT part seize are tied to those positive factors, together with the corresponding particular order forms that take advantage of the matching engine (order varieties that are famous in a later section). For the main half, the remainder of the marketplace used to be concerned with the incorrect challenge – velocity. such a lot contributors (including myself) who struggled to execute successfully on HFT-oriented exchanges assumed they have been utilizing the trade competently through the normal vanilla expert order kinds. so much industry contributors simply inspiration that they weren’t speedy sufficient to compete opposed to HFTs. HFTs have been taking part in a brand new video game… Metaphorically talking, if the industry was once a chess board, HFTs have been utilizing queens, rooks, knights, and bishops.

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