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A beginner's guide to High Frequency Trading - Introduction

January 5, 2013 Comments (0)           

By Ricky Treadwell
Guess the average amount of time that a share is held for on the London Stock Exchange. Two weeks? Two days? Two hours? Two minutes? Nowhere near. It is two seconds, and decreasing. In the time that it takes to blink, a high frequency trader could have made 3,500 trades. This can seem scary to any wannabe investors out there. 'How can we compete against these machines?' People ask. 'What social purpose does this serve?' The latter question, or in this case straight up...