Does Low Latency Trading Improve Market Efficiency? A Discussion

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Ryan Erhard

University of Southern California - Leventhal School of Accounting

Richard G. Sloan

University of Southern California - Leventhal School of Accounting

Date Written: July 31, 2020

Abstract

Chordia and Miao (2020) provide evidence that low-latency trading (LLT) improves the long-term informational efficiency of stock prices. This discussion raises two primary concerns with their analysis. First, the mechanism through which LLT enhances long-term efficiency is unclear. Second, CM's measure of LLT trading activity is correlated with non-LLT trading activity, which may in turn cause the documented improvements in efficiency. We close by proposing an alternative explanation—changes in market microstructure have had a bifurcated impact on liquidity, enhancing efficiency for large and liquid stocks, but not for small and illiquid stocks.

Keywords: Low-Latency Trading, Liquidity, Market Efficiency, Earnings Announcements, Post-Earnings Announcement Drift

JEL Classification: M41, G14

Suggested Citation

Erhard, Ryan and Sloan, Richard G., Does Low Latency Trading Improve Market Efficiency? A Discussion (July 31, 2020). Journal of Accounting & Economics (JAE), Vol. 70, No. 2-3, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3765216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3765216

Ryan Erhard

University of Southern California - Leventhal School of Accounting ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0441
United States

Richard G. Sloan (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Leventhal School of Accounting ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0441
United States

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