As European Banks Pull Out All Stops To Defend Picosecond HFT, Themis Trading Explains The Lies Behind "Providing Liquidity"

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kato's picture

remember when they used to complain about SOES Bandits? that is a quaint long time ago.

Oh regional Indian's picture

HFT is nothing but momentum trading taken to the extreme. it will eat it's own tail at some point. Soon. Which leaves this mockery of a market and the curious question as to why anyone not having "access" woudl play in it?

reminded of Vegas, where the ringing bells made everyone think their next pull would be th eONE.

India is well on it's way to HFT land, with some large brokerage/iinvestment houses allowed to place their "terminals" inside the bourse. Have not seen jerk-around due to them yet, but I think they're just practising.


Ray1968's picture

Then NYSE leases server space right INSIDE their data warehouse for HFT platforms. The closer you are to the data, the picoseconds you can shave off.

They are making a killing just leasing space. This problem will not go away. They are in it for themselves and don't give a shit about investors.

Convervative Connection's picture

I'll be the first to admit that I may not completely understand the situation, but what effect would quantizing all trades to a specific interval (eg, once a minute) have on the market at large? What effect would it have on HFT?

Oh regional Indian's picture

None really. Pandora's box is open.

They will program the bots to crowd into the last/first pico-second of the minute, depending.



Ray1968's picture

Not really. You could establish a 1 second delay on every quote request and order. It would kill the HFT.

Or just outlaw it and prosecute violators. (oops, I said a funny: prosecute violators)

Oh regional Indian's picture

It woudl have to be randomization as said below. Else, I think my point holds. They can sniff patterns, really really fast. it's what they do.


Convervative Connection's picture

When a trade is entered, the quanitization process would ensure that it would be executed in the next batch, however, there would be no guarantee as to when it would get processed in the batch itself. In essense, randomize the execution of all trades within the quanta.

This removes any possible benefit of crowding around the interval.

Bob's picture

Yeah, you'd still have that problem.  Wonder what the response to proposed randomization would be? LOL

Rogerwilco's picture

There are only 450 minutes in a trading day. Think of the consequences! Empowering in-duh-vidual investors at the expense of robotic minions will lead to the loss of hundreds of seven-figure incomes (those good-paying jobs). Let's not forget their kids have to eat too, and what will happen when all those third and fourth vacation homes hit the RE market? Dangerous ideas you speak.

Vendetta's picture

In stuff I've done before for control systems, the smaller the time slice that a piece of data represents, the better the control system can control and manipulate a system.  They are sometimes called predictive/adaptive modeling algorithms.  Larger time slices means less control and less manipulative capability

fragrantdingleberry's picture

"Providing liquidity." Is that like a money shot?

ebworthen's picture


Yeah, drink some pineapple juice and a quart of water an hour before, she'll appreciate it.

gordengeko's picture

Yes, we've been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!

Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin' the children day by day, yeah!
Me say: de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin' the blood of the sufferers, yea-ea-ea-ea-e-ah!
Building church and university, wo-o-ooh, yeah! -
Deceiving the people continually, yea-ea!
Me say them graduatin' thieves and murderers;
Look out now: they suckin' the blood of the sufferers (sufferers).
Yea-ea-ea! (sufferers)

Tell the children the truth;

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

And the Rothschilds smile...:0)

Bruce Krasting's picture

The only possible outcome will be another crash. I look forward to that. TD will throw egg on all of these folks (including Mary Schapiro) when it happens.

They just will look dumb.


michigan independant's picture

Scalpers, and they just measure the standard deviation. Until the Consumer chooses to scrape these leeches off they are Slaves. As long as the BORG "Borg voluntarily submit to cybernetic enhancement as a means of achieving what they believe to be perfection (they also force their idea of perfection on others)gets there dues on the beltway there fine as they piss on you and tell you its raining crowd. Overall like most normal Citizens we take care of our family and friends not at the expense of others on this blue speck on the cosmos.   

bunkermeatheadprogeny's picture

"Providing liqudity" to the "frozen credit market" was also the lie to justify TARP.

lynnybee's picture

Criminals-gone-wild......Charlie Sheen is a chiorboy compared to these guys .

Vendetta's picture

indeed.  Another distraction from what is actually important

Doubleguns's picture

So now the computers are going to front run us by the equivalent of 31,700 years. They could dance a jig around us whilst slapping us silly for years and we still would not know that it was coming.

myztix's picture

Take a look at BSFT

Taking HFT to the max.

Dr Hackenbush's picture

Churning is a phishing scheme, plain and simple, seeking whom $ they may devour.    

djsmps's picture

You left out the most famous European Euphemism:

resettlement = death

simpleminds's picture

Welcome to the new mafia.  Makes the old one look like amatuers.

myztix's picture

more like ninjas or assassins..

lynnybee's picture

the more i know (primarily by reading ZEROHEDGE, which requires a lot of studying & trying to understand things that i have never been exposed to before) the more i have become thoroughly depressed & disgusted.     i feel i must leave the country & convince my adult kids to leave with me......... but, where to go when you are old ?    i cannot start over, no country would take me .   

scratch_and_sniff's picture

relax fella, its not the end of the world, dont take everything you read so seriously, a lot of it is just horseshit and general speculation at best. Have a beer and think about something else for a while, things are going to do what they are going to do, regardless of what anyone says.

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