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KSS Event: How to be a High-Frequency Trader

Thursday 24 January 2019 17:00 - 18:30

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This talk, which is based on interviews with 78 high-frequency traders (and other relevant people, such as those who supply them with information links), will ‘open the black box’ of HFT. The speaker will examine the main internal divide within HFT: between algorithms, trading groups and firms that specialise in ‘making’ (adding bids or offers to order books that cannot be executed immediately) and those that specialise in ‘taking’ (entering orders that can be executed immediately). 

Presenter - Professor Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow of the IFoA

In today’s high-frequency trading or HFT, the relevant unit of time is the nanosecond (billionth of a second). In a nanosecond, the fastest possible signal, moving at the speed of light in free space, travels only 30 cm or roughly a foot. That’s the fundamental physical fact about today’s HFT. 

This talk, which is based on interviews with 78 high-frequency traders (and other relevant people, such as those who supply them with information links), will ‘open the black box’ of HFT. The speaker will examine the main internal divide within HFT: between algorithms, trading groups and firms that specialise in ‘making’ (adding bids or offers to order books that cannot be executed immediately) and those that specialise in ‘taking’ (entering orders that can be executed immediately). 

The talk will discuss how the interaction between ‘making’ and ‘taking’ algorithms gives rise to the inexorable, technologically hugely demanding ‘arms race’ that is at the heart of HFT. The main example of that arms race that will be discussed is the use of microwave links by HFT firms, and the huge importance of the precise spatial location of microwave dishes.

Registration 17.00

Presentation begins 17.30

Presentation ends 18.30

Location

Address

KPMG  
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EG

Nearest Public Transport

Edinburgh Waverley

Pricing information

Free

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To register please email Sarah.Dawes@kpmg.co.uk