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The Fast Track to the Futures: Technological Innovation, Market Microstructure, Market Participants, and the Regulation of High-Frequency Trading

In: THE WORLD SCIENTIFIC HANDBOOK OF FUTURES MARKETS

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  • Barbara J. Mack

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As the international financial marketplace has evolved to encompass a wide range of tradable asset classes, tensions between classical investment theory, trading practices, and government regulations have grown. This chapter will map the history of modern trading, taking a close look at the products, venues, and technological underpinnings of today's futures markets. It will focus on high-frequency trading, assessing the varying roles and needs of investment elites, market makers, regulators, and the public in maintaining clean and orderly market mechanisms. Key questions include the role of market participants, hedgers, speculators, and arbitrageurs in high-frequency trading and price discovery, their influence over fluctuations in financial stability, and the implications for the financial system as a whole. The chapter will conclude with a look ahead in terms of the regulatory activities that will shape these mechanisms in the years to come, with comments on market microstructure, the provision of liquidity, and innovation in futures markets around the world.

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  • Barbara J. Mack, 2015. "The Fast Track to the Futures: Technological Innovation, Market Microstructure, Market Participants, and the Regulation of High-Frequency Trading," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Anastasios G Malliaris & William T Ziemba (ed.), THE WORLD SCIENTIFIC HANDBOOK OF FUTURES MARKETS, chapter 8, pages 247-285, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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