Firms Look Beyond Latency Sprint to Strategy Marathon

From left: Steven Birenbaum, BAML; Mark Casey, CFN Services; Simon Linwood, MTS; Juan Ortega, Goldman Sachs

With only a handful of firms trading at the bleeding edge, demand for the lowest-latency market data is falling, according to panelists at last week’s North American Financial Information Summit, who said firms outside the fastest few are increasingly turning to alternative trading strategies and asset classes to gain a competitive advantage.

“The need for speed is not going away anytime soon, but the aggressive nature of the latency arms race that has dominated equity trading for the past three