In Search of Liquidity at Tech2Trade 2013, World’s Most Influential High-frequency Trading Conference

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Golden Networking brings Tech2Trade Expo 2013 (, World’s Most Influential Alternative Investments Conference Series, including High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013, “Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges,” New York City, London, Chicago, Singapore and Frankfurt (

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New York City, NY, USA (June 25, 2013) — A deeply liquid market is considered a sign of a healthy market with lots of participants, but Commissioner Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, says all liquidity may not be the same and could be distorting markets. The CFTC is concerned that some of the liquidity that may be provided by high-frequency traders could be “fantasy liquidity created by ‘wash’ sales,” which is prohibited under both the Commodity Exchange Act and exchange rules.

High-frequency traders enter and exit the market quickly and can do so multiple times a day, helping to create a more liquid market. But they’re a relatively new addition to the trading world and Chilton said how they operate needs closer scrutiny, especially since at times they can be 30% to 50% of a market. The concern is over “wash” trades, which happens a trader trades with himself, in other words puts out a bid price and matches it. “If you’re trading with yourself, you have nothing to lose, you’re not taking a risk. If this was occurring a little bit, it would be no harm, no foul,” Chilton said.

However, he said, this is happening more than a little bit, calling the wash trades “voluminous.” Chilton said there may be two reasons why these wash trades are happening. One is to make it look like there is deep volume to entice other people to trade those markets. Second, these traders may be part of legitimate market-maker programs, which is when an exchange pays a market-maker to provide liquidity. “But it’s dangerous if you’re trading with yourself and taking no risk. It can also affect price discovery and hurts consumers,” he said.

To discuss the eternal liquidity challenge, Golden Networking is pleased to host Tech2Trade Expo 2013’s High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 (, “Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges”, this July 30 in New York City, September 18 in London., October 8 in Chicago, October 24 in Singapore and November 21 in Frankfurt.

“Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges,” is the theme of High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013, forum that will provide attendees in New York City, London, Chicago, Singapore and Frankfurt with the most up-to-date review of where this ever-changing industry stands through an insightful keynote speeches and thought-provoking panels with leaders in the field. “High-frequency trading will no doubt play an ever larger role as computer technology advances and the global exchanges embrace fast electronic access.” said Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders and the forthcoming Knightmare on Wall Street. Recognized experts, regulators, and strategists, will return to High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 to provide the information practitioners are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

High Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013, co-located with Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2013 and Derivatives Trading Forum 2013, is produced by Golden Networking (, the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to download our Information Package or contact Golden Networking directly by calling +1-414-FORUMS0 or sending an email to

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