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Automatic Electronic Foreign Exchange Spot Market Making: Effects on Profitability from Network Latency
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The focus of this thesis is to develop a model that aims to predict how electronic network latency affects the performance, and in turn the profit and loss of Automatic Market Making making in the Foreign Exchange Spot market. The output from this model will then be used in an investment analysis to determine if the improved profit from upgrading a automatic trading platform is large enough to give a solid return on investment. It´s widely known between players in the Financial Services industry that network performance affects the profitability of automatic trading algorithm, latency in networks will delay the view of market prices and order execution and therefore make trading algorithms less predictable. To date there have not been any extensive research focusing on the scale of the impact on profitability. A greater understanding of how much network latency affects the performance of automatic trading strategies will give an indication on how much it´s worth investing in surrounding IT systems and IT infrastructure in order to maximize the profitability. During this research a simplified model of Automatic FX Spot Market Making was developed. Based on that model a trading scenario representing a typical Automatic Market Making approach was built. The model and the scenario was then be implemented as a computer program and simulations where run and relative profitability data collected. The analysis of the data from the simulations clearly shows that profitability of an Automatic Market Making Strategy drops drastically when network performance drops. The model shows that there is a large difference in profitability between networks with no latency compared to a network with some latency, with further latency the profitability shrinks in a slower rate. The findings in this research clearly indicates that it is economically profitable to invest in high performing electronic networks, which minimize latency as much as possible when running a Automatic Market Making operation. However, before investing in a state of the art Automatic Trading system a bank should make sure that the underlying financial models are correct. 3 This research has been done together with the head of FX Algoritmic Trading at UBS Investment Bank and the results are of direct interest to both UBS and other participants in the Automatic trading space.

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2010. , 104 p.
Keyword [en]
Automatic Market Making, Automatic trading algorithms, Electronic Networks, Foreign Exchange Spot, Network Latency.
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-5966Local ID: diva2:833382
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
rickard.berglen@gmail.comAvailable from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2010-11-09 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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