Monday, August 6, 2012

High-frequency trading 2007–2012: an animated .GIF

High Frequency Trading machines are computer programs that can trade stocks at rates measured in fractions of a nano-second.

.GIF representation of HFT trading 2007 - 2012, created by Nanex (

Nanex ~ The Rise of the HFT Machines

On May 6, 2010 - beginning at 14:42:46 and ending at 14:47:02 - the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped approximately 600 points (5.7%), and then quickly recovered. The so called "Flash Crash" was traced back to high-frequency trading programs that over ran Exchange computer's ability to handle the volumes.

See Nanex's report on that incident here:

Gif discovered via a Tweet (embed):

See also, Zero Hedge, 2012 Feb 06Presenting The "Rise Of The HFT Machine" - Visual Confirmation How SkyNet Broke The Stock Market On US Downgrade Day

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