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Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 6th, 2008, 4:56 pm
by Nashequilibrium
Is there a lot of players in this field? I would guess that many get frightened off by the huge transaction costs that is incurred by the spread, i wanted to know what is the transaction costs like for those who are doing HF trading on exotics? I don't expect to get an answer since most just focus on g7 with low spreads but lets see.......

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 6th, 2008, 9:15 pm
by aiQUANT
heh... never heard of HF on exotics.... I think you've asked the question 30 years too early!

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 7th, 2008, 12:06 am
by Alan
Sorry - deleted -- answered a different question.

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 7th, 2008, 6:40 am
by nazzdack
You could attempt to be a "hero" by clamping down on the bid/ask spread and see if you get filled on both sides.

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 9th, 2008, 6:56 pm
by Nashequilibrium
In the real world, the "hero" always dies!

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 9th, 2008, 6:59 pm
by Nashequilibrium
The issue that i see is that many of the brokers spreads vary by a huge margin, you could find usd/zar going from a 60 point spread to a 300 then 600 point spread during the day. Its hard to model for that, if the varance of the spread was smaller it would make everything a lot more simpler.

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 13th, 2008, 1:09 am
by BornToBeTrader
Your spread depends on the liquidity of the pair. E.g. there are ECNs out there that will give you spread of as low as 1 pip on EUR/USD (the most liquid pair). During Japanese trading hours, you'll see spreads very low on USD/JPY . I'm not surprised to hear spreads of 60 pips on USD/ZAR since I'm not sure how liquid this pair is. But, 300 - 600 PIPS r u sure? Where are you getting your quotes from?

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 13th, 2008, 1:14 am
by BornToBeTrader
So...You think there is a chance we will see a very liquid OTC market for Exotic options ever? Considering how people blame the quants and exotics for the recent crises, I'm not sure if it will ever get there..... (I could be wrong, which is why I'm asking why do you say " 30 years too early")

Highfrequency trading on FX exotics

Posted: November 13th, 2008, 1:15 am
by BornToBeTrader
P.S. sorry for multiple posts but the last message (Wed Nov 12, 08 09:14 PM) was for aiQUANT.