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The Exchange-Driven HFT Backlash
A backlash has begun against high-frequency traders. Surprisingly, this negative reaction is not from overzealous regulators or naive politicians looking for a scapegoat for the financial crisis. It is the exchanges and electronic communications networks (ECNs) themselves who are spearheading the anti-HFT initiative. Although this attempt to rein in and control the free operation of.. more
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Programmatically trading off of social media
By Michael Lacasse Director of Technical Account Management, Lightspeed Institutional Social media is the new frontier in the financial markets. Ever since the stock market began, traders and investors have liked to talk about their positions and market biases. Before the Internet, these interactions were limited to the local investment club, barber shop or anywhere.. more
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Nano is Nasdaq’s New Microsecond
By Michael Lacasse Director of Technical Account Management, Lightspeed Institutional Everything is getting faster. Not so long ago, it took days to travel from New York to London; now, it only takes a few short hours. Even the way we eat – with the proliferation of fast-food outlets with drive-thru dining options – has increased.. more
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Why HFTs are Good for the Market
By Andrew Actman Lightspeed Financial Chief Strategy Officer New technology and greater efficiency have always met resistance from the old way of doing things. Nowhere is this more true than the aggressive and lucrative world of financial markets. Evolving from a 100% person to person floor trading model to a fully electronic, computerized transaction system,.. more
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Goldman Sachs on the Future of Electronic Trading
By Andrew Actman Lightspeed Financial Chief Strategy Officer One of trading’s primary tenets is to follow the big dogs. Whether this means finding the axe on your Level 2 screen in the stock you are day trading or following institutional money flows, knowing what the big dogs are doing and thinking is key to success.. more
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