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Can Futures Traders Compete with High Frequency Trading?


This article on High Frequency Trading is the opinion of Optimus Futures

High Frequency Trading

It’s tempting to think of low-latency day trading and High Frequency Trading (HFT) as two approaches existing on the same plane, separated only by degrees of speed. But the two differ not in degree, but in kind. The term “high frequency” denotes trading frequency, but more importantly, it implies technologically driven speed. But in use, the term, when applied to both retail trading and institutional trading, splits into two separate definitions: one denotes speed (retail trading) while the other implies a set of strategic approaches.

Let’s break this down. Day trading consists of frequent actions based on short-term speculation. You anticipate the market moving in a given direction, place a

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