Hands Off My HFT

As someone who has been automating trading systems for over 10 years, the recent attention on high-frequency trading (HFT) is a bit surprising. The latest popular view is that HFT is the primary cause of dangerous trading behavior that manipulates markets, fosters front-running, and other market-distorting behavior.

But to suggest that HFT is the root of all evil is misguided. In many ways, trading is one of the world's purest forms of capitalism, and this expression of capitalism has benefited t

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