High-Frequency Trading and its Impact on Market Liquidity: A Review of Literature
Forthcoming, Alanya Akademik Bakış
18 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2021
Date Written: December 29, 2020
High-frequency trading (HFT) has been dominating the activity in developed financial markets in the last two decades. Despite its recent formation, the literature on the impacts of HFT on financial markets and participants is broad. However, there are ongoing debates and unanswered questions within many subtopics. We survey through the research towards HFT effects on liquidity in an attempt to explain the coexistence of evidence regarding both the positive and the negative impacts of HFT. We name two main factors leading to mixed results. Former concerns the negative market conditions such as intraday shocks, through which HFT trading patterns may sharply change. Latter regards the certain characteristics of HFT liquidity provision with the potential to present externalities for the market.
Keywords: High-frequency trading, HFT, Liquidity, Intraday shocks, Extreme price movements
JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14
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