The Volume Clock: Insights into the High Frequency Paradigm
The Journal of Portfolio Management, (Fall, 2012) Forthcoming
23 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2012 Last revised: 20 Aug 2012
Date Written: March 30, 2012
Over the last two centuries, technological advantages have allowed some traders to be faster than others. We argue that, contrary to popular perception, speed is not the defining characteristic that sets High Frequency Trading (HFT) apart. HFT is the natural evolution of a new trading paradigm that is characterized by strategic decisions made in a volume-clock metric. Even if the speed advantage disappears, HFT will evolve to continue exploiting Low Frequency Trading’s (LFT) structural weaknesses. However, LFT practitioners are not defenseless against HFT players, and we offer options that can help them survive and adapt to this new environment.
Keywords: high frequency trading, volume clock, low frequency trading, market microstructure
JEL Classification: G10
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