Legal and regulatory scrutiny of high-frequency trading (HFT) has increased significantly, as prominent editorial and media coverage of HFT continues to spark concerns over market functions and fairness.
Regulators are examining HFT activity to determine the degree to which HFT strategies enhance market liquidity, achieve more efficient prices, create unfair advantages, and/or promote insider trading through illegal means.
Analysis Group economists and our affiliated experts have wide-ranging experience in market microstructure topics, examining the underlying functions associated with trading. We have analyzed allegations of irregular trading and market manipulation. We have isolated and identified the impact of individual transactions and trading algorithms. More broadly, we have developed a thorough understanding of allegedly manipulative trading behaviors and techniques, working alongside academics and practitioners specializing in financial economics.
Professor Charles Jones of Columbia Business School, an expert in algorithmic trading and variations in liquidity over time, and an Analysis Group affiliate, has studied the effects of high-frequency trading.
Our work includes:
Examining trading activity and transaction records to detect patterns and irregularities
Analyzing often massive data sets of trading records or other financial information going back a decade or more
Conducting analyses to understand the relationships between prices and trading behavior
Analyzing how information flows, transparency, and disclosure affect price movements and trade execution