During the last few Years Moscow counted as major place for HFT funds so in month of June 2015 I decided to go their & meet with top funds , Brokers & Exchange Officials to know more about HFT at Moscow Exchanges as we all know automation and new technologies like HFT & MM have changed the landscape of traditional trading systems.
High-frequency trading (HFT) is a primary form of algorithmic trading in finance. Specifically, it is the use of sophisticated technological tools and computer algorithms to rapidly trade securities. Here is the collection of 7 videos which explains what high frequency trading in simple terms. Watch How institutional traders take advantage over the other market participants.
In 2013, an estimated 70% of trades in US equities are from HFT services and in India HFT volumes occupies 34% of the total trades as per latest NSE Estimates. Most of the high frequency traders in India are either market makers or arbitragers trying to make money at micro second to milli second level.
HFT, on its own, is exactly what the name suggests- extremely fast, high frequency trades. Instead of placing a trade per second, High Frequency Trading firms have reached a point where they can place multiple trades within nanoseconds. Not milliseconds (1/1000th of a second) or microseconds (1 millionth of a second), but nanoseconds- that is, 1 billionth of a second.
Over the past few Year’s, there has been a quick shift towards algo / Quant HFT (High Frequency Trading) based trading, Where as Asset managers make 24% return in market & HFT traders make 300% Return. Both among long-term investors using execution algorithms to lower trading costs and short- term investors automating market making and statistical arbitrage strategies