The Future of Trading – Both Faster and Smarter

These days, high-frequency trading (HFT) is a controversial topic in economic discussions. Critics bemoan the proliferation of high-speed trading. They claim it destabilizes global financial systems, while proponents say that HFT is a natural progression in the development of new financial-trading tools.

As algorithmic trading continues to advance, the line between human trading and machine trading is becoming blurred. It’s difficult to guess the upper limits for speed in trading. Yet, the next wave of evolution in technology for trading is likely to be the expanded use of artificial intelligence (AI) to build trading systems which trade smarter instead of merely faster. Continue reading

FAST is fast (and standard)

The days of the proprietary ticker plant are numbered. That’s the direction that Greg Maynard and the rest of the ISE believe the industry is moving. Speaking on Monday at the FIX Protocol Exchanges/ECN Working Group meeting, he was one of 6 exchange representatives speaking in glowing terms of FAST (FIX Adapted for STreaming). FAST is a high-performance wire protocol for encoding market data and other FIX traffic, which will replace proprietary wire protocols for market data entirely.

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