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Want To Trade Against A Blackbox? This Is What You Are Up Against

Posted by AGORACOM at 4:14 PM on Friday, August 12th, 2011

You may have heard the time high-frequency trading (HFT), also known as algorithmic trading and most well known amongst the masses as black box trading. There is plenty of debate about the value of HFT, with dissenters referring to the network of HFT as “Skynet”, the computer that took down the world in the Terminator Series and defined as:

“an artificially intelligent system which became self-aware and revolted against its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, and its actions are often performed via other robots and computer systems, usually a Terminator.”

I personally don’t bother trying to trade in seconds and still believe 1-3 day swing trades are profitable. You can form your own opinion after reading up on it … but here is a visual as to how sick HFT has become … this is 1 second of trading stretched over a minute, otherwise your eyes simply wouldn’t see a thing.

The first 30 seconds or so are the world we used to know … after that it is HFT world … all of it takes place in 1 second.


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