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by Kiki Pentheroudaki 

We have discussed the historic development of automated trading and how regulators are pushing high-frequency traders to become market makers. We now want to look at further ways to regulate automated trading under MiFID II.

The impact of high frequency trading (HFT) flow on markets will also see continued attention from market participants and regulators alike. In 2012, significant regulatory attention focused on HFT, such as provisions in the European Parliament's version

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Despite the current economic turmoil, we have recently witnessed a frenetic race for ultra low latency, privileging speed over costs. But now the reality of these decisions is catching up and trading institutions are finding that the fastest is not always the strongest – much like the hare and the tortoise.

Being lean and controlling costs is a new priority for banks, focusing on their core business. We are seeing major changes in strategy, with organisations moving away from the extremely risky

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A couple of weeks back I was approached by a HFT magazine editor and he asked me whether I would be interested to write down some of my experiences in HFT. As I am not directly participating in the midst of HFT at this point, I had to give it quite some consideration. Why would I do this? Placing myself in a vulnerable and visible position is not my first nature. Still I strongly believe in taking away the mystique or even – allow me – hysteria regarding this type of Capital Markets business. I

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