The cost of the technology and infrastucture needed to support high-frequency trading is “tens of millions of dollars” per year, according to Kevin McPartland, a senior analyst at financial services research firm TABB Group. He moderated a panel sponsored by TABB Group and Switch and Data, a data center operator, last Thursday. This article is based on the panel discussion.
Low latency is necessary, McPartland said, to process market data faster than competitors. And high-frequency trading, which encompasses a range of strategies, depends on that data. “It’s like you’re seeing the Wall Street Journal five microseconds into the future,” he said.