EU Introduces First Rule on HFT

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Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for internal market and services

At a time when high-frequency trading (HFT) is making headlines and is under scrutiny from regulators in the US and Europe, EU politicians intend to minimize systemic risk by regulating the ultra-fast technology used by HFT firms.

The European Parliament defines HFT as a trading strategy that relies on computer programs to determine the timing, prices, or quantities of orders in fractions of a second. The debate about the fairness of HFT’s time advantages was reignited by Michael Lewis’ latest

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