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Very Fast Money: High-Frequency Trading on the NASDAQ

Allen Carrion

University of Utah - Department of Finance

June 15, 2013

Forthcoming, Journal of Financial Markets

This paper provides evidence regarding high-frequency trader (HFT) trading performance, trading costs, and effects on market efficiency using a sample of NASDAQ trades and quotes that directly identifies HFT participation. I find that HFTs engage in successful intra-day market timing, spreads are wider when HFTs provide liquidity and tighter when HFTs take liquidity, and prices incorporate information from order flow and market-wide returns more efficiently on days when HFT participation is high.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 86

Keywords: high-frequency trading, trading performance, intraday return predictability, VWAP, trading costs, adverse selection, market efficiency

JEL Classification: G1, G2

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Date posted: August 2, 2012 ; Last revised: June 25, 2013

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Carrion, Allen, Very Fast Money: High-Frequency Trading on the NASDAQ (June 15, 2013). Forthcoming, Journal of Financial Markets. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2122716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2122716

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Allen Carrion (Contact Author)
University of Utah - Department of Finance ( email )
David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
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