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Using Corporate Event Data to Navigate Low-Latency in Equity Options: Strategies for Institutional Traders and Market Makers

October 9, 2018 Comments (0)           

Introduction
 
Options remain the closest community of market participants, and the murkiest. Even to its veterans, the options market can seem uncanny; its trading has always been full of mystery. Rumors abound of big-wins and equally huge losses turning on a dime, and there is common sleight of hand. It evolves at its own pace. But wild swings and tectonic shifts can also be born of simple mistakes. Such was the case in 2015, when a pair of microprocessor manufacturers was first...

Event-Driven Trading Delivers Alpha. (Remember Alpha?)

December 16, 2016 Comments (0)           

Corporate event data contains important signals that can generate alpha for the firms that have access to the data and know what to look for – whether they favor a fundamental, technical, or quantitative approach.
There is a view among some traders and investors that corporate event data falls in the realm of fundamental investment strategy, not the technical or quantitative investment approach. However, corporate event data has grown in importance and has evolved, as have the ways...

Pre-earnings Announcement Strategies

November 22, 2016 Comments (0)           

Article originally posted on Quantitative Trading blog by Dr. Ernest P. ChanMuch has been written about the Post-Earnings Announcement Drift (PEAD) strategy (see, for example, my book), but less was written about pre-earnings announcement strategies. That changed recently with the publication of two papers. Just as with PEAD, these pre-announcement strategies do not make use of any actual earnings numbers or even estimates. They are based entirely on announcement...

Technology Can’t Fully Replace Human Judgement and Intuition

November 7, 2016 Comments (0)           

by Bruce Fador, Wall Street HorizonTechnology now comprises a big part of today’s trading landscape, perhaps most of it. Beyond just automating what used be to manual tasks, technology has encroached well into the “thinking” parts of a trader’s job.
The key question for firms is where to draw the line. How much of the human touch should they outsource to machines?
It’s a tough call because technology delivers many advantages. With automated trading systems, for...

You Can't Hide Your Earnings from HFT . . . and That's a Good Thing!

January 6, 2016 Comments (0)           

By Eric SoderbergThis article originally appeared on the Wall Street Horizon blog and is re-published here with permission
Previous research has shown that the attention constraints of human traders (investors and market makers) has lead to systemic effects on stock prices.  The less attention there is on a stock, the less efficient that stock's price will be to a negative earnings surprise, for example.
Weekend DistractionsWhen DellaVigna and Pollet (2009) researched this phenomenon...