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Open outcry and electronic trading in futures exchanges

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Despite the efficiency gains that accompany automation, most large futures exchanges have been reluctant to move away from the traditional trading floor, citing early evidence that open outcry exchanges were more liquid than electronic exchanges. More recent studies, however, suggest that electronic trading is superior to open outcry in many respects, including liquidity. In this article, the author compares the twotrading systems. Although many exchanges are shifting towards electronic trading, there are still several obstacles to this transition. But as technology rapidly reduces the cost of automation and increases the demand for global 24-hour trading, a worldwide transition to electronic order-matching will likely be the next important milestone for futures exchanges. Less-automated exchanges (including the Canadian futures exchanges) will undoubtedly continue to study and promote automation in order to keep pace with technological innovations.

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  • Raymond Tsang, 1999. "Open outcry and electronic trading in futures exchanges," Bank of Canada Review, Bank of Canada, vol. 1999(Spring), pages 21-39.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bcarev:v:1999:y:1999:i:spring99:p:21-39
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    1. Guorong Jiang & Nancy Tang & Eve Law, 2002. "Electronic trading in Hong Kong and its impact on market functioning," BIS Papers chapters,in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Market functioning and central bank policy, volume 12, pages 124-137 Bank for International Settlements.
    2. Christophe Schinckus, 2007. "Sur la pluridisciplinarité contemporaine en finance," Revue d'Économie Financière, Programme National Persée, vol. 87(1), pages 247-260.
    3. Schinckus, Christophe, 2008. "The financial simulacrum: The consequences of the symbolization and the computerization of the financial market," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 1076-1089, June.

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