HFT is strongly debated among experts, and to this day, nobody knows exactly about its true extent, merits and impacts. Some have even argued that the latter might be responsible for the unusually high volatility recorded lately.
Wanting to be concise, according to Investopedia the definition of HFT is:
“A program trading platform that uses powerful computers to transact a large number of orders at very fast speeds.” – Investopedia
Wanting to be exhaustive, meticulous and profound, visit the following article by Matteo Pallotta, ACSI, Editor of Storm of Beta.
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