Slowdown Showdown: Exchanges Eye Speed Bumps

Three exchanges have filed with the SEC regarding implementing either a delay mechanism or order types similar to what IEX operates, following its approval as a national exchange less than a year ago.

The natural trend in technology is to speed things up. The implementation of a new type of platform or solution usually means quicker, more efficient processes. It’s a theme that’s particularly evident in the equity markets, where the speed at which trades occur has been on a continuous upswing.

But all that changed on June 17, 2016, when the Investors Exchange (IEX) and its 350-microsecond delay gained regulatory approval as a national securities exchange from the US Securities and Exchange

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