GreySpark: As Data Latency Falls, Trading System Measurement Now Biggest Barrier to Low Latency

Frederic Ponzo, GreySpark Partners

Market data distribution from marketplaces and within consumer firms now only accounts for around one-third of overall roundtrip latency—a figure that is falling as firms adopt low-latency market data technologies—leaving other parts of the trading process accounting for the majority of delays, according to the results of a study conducted by London-based capital markets consultancy GreySpark Partners.

The research—which analyzed latency generated across three levels: the application layer, the

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