HFT and the Hunt for Alpha

Nathalie Masset, deputy director of European debt markets, NYSE Euronext

In the face of persistently challenging conditions across global equity markets, high-frequency trading (HFT) firms are widening their activities to other asset classes in the pursuit of alpha. “More people are now actually trading multiple instruments, probably because HFT and other algorithmic techniques have competed away a lot of the obvious sources of alpha in single asset classes like equities,” says Bob Giffords, an independent banking and technology analyst based in the UK. “Firms now

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