Trading Technology Advancement: Algorithmic Trading

Algorithmic Trading

Thousands of transaction occur every minute in an open stock market. Some of them occur through the traditional clicking method and a majority of them happen automatically. This automation process is called Algorithmic Trading.

What is algorithmic trading? It is the execution of trading order according to a set of specification and parameters that occur instantly without any human intervention. This set of trading parameters are predetermined complex formulas combines with mathematical pattern or trend allowing prediction of action.


Benefits of Algorithmic Trading

Trading with algorithm provides the advantage of:

  • Speed that is faster than what humans can attain

  • Additional opportunities with simultaneous checks on multiple market

  • Trade accuracy with instant execution

  • Reducing risk caused by human emotion

  • Reducing transaction cost

  • Manpower with lesser supervision needed

  • Back-testing using available historical and real-time data

Examples of Algorithmic Trading Strategies

There are many different strategies identified in algorithmic trading. The common trading strategies used are:

  • Weighted Average Price Strategy

  • Arbitrage Strategy

  • Mean Reversion Strategy

  • Trends Following Strategy

  • Percentage of Volume Strategy

Do-It-Yourself Algorithm

In the recent years, technology have rapidly evolved and many individuals have make use of available historical and real time date to back-test algorithms leading to a rise in DIY quantitative strategies. Traditional click trading are slowly evolving to algorithmic trading.


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