Why is Algorithmic Trading Important?

Why is Algorithmic Trading Important?

An algorithm is a particular set of well-defined instructions aimed to successfully execute a task or process. Algorithmic trading, also known as algo-trading, automated trading or black-box trading, uses computers which are programmed to follow a specific set of instructions. The computers are employed to garner profits at a frequency and speed surpassing that of a human trader.

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Indicators that signal financial-market trouble are flashing

Indicators that signal financial-market trouble are flashing

WATCHING financial markets can be like watching a horror film. A character walks into the darkness alone. A floorboard creaks. The latest spooky sign is the spread between the three-month dollar London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) and the overnight index swap (OIS) rate. It usually hovers at around 0.1%, but has recently climbed to 0.6% (see chart). As it widens, bankers are bracing for a jump scare.

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Meet the $12 billion investor who’s beat the market since the financial crisis mostly by ignoring it

Meet the $12 billion investor who’s beat the market since the financial crisis mostly by ignoring it

Ignoring your benchmark is one way to consistently beat it.

At least, that approach has helped the $12 billion Oppenheimer Global Fund outperform its MSCI benchmark since 2008, according to data compiled by Morningstar.

Sure, the portfolio of large-cap US and foreign stocks has recently benefitted from an overall resurgence in global economic growth. But John Delano, the fund’s co-portfolio manager, says a rigorous stock-picking process and a focus on five key themes also guide how its composed.

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