Ideas In Action with Jim Glassman

The Impact of High Frequency Trading on Financial

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Guests: Cameron Smith, President, Quantlab Financial, a high frequency trading company; Adam Sussman, Director of Research at the TABB Group, a market research company; Senator Ted Kaufman (former, D-DE) Professor of Law at Duke University. Between 60-70% of stock trades are now computer-driven. A new and increasingly sophisticated form of automated transaction, called high frequency trading, makes stock trades within milliseconds. Many traders and market observers believe this is just a new - and inevitable - method of trading stocks. But the speed at which trades are executed makes it ever harder to oversee this market, and has caused some observers to worry it could allow high frequency traders to manipulate the price of stocks. What does high frequency trading mean for traditional investors?



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