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Could slow be the better speed?

28 Jun 2019

Could slow be the better speed?A matter of opinion by Randolf Roth, Member of the Executive Board of Eurex Frankfurt AG

Randolf Roth, Member of Eurex Frankfurt Executive Board

The derivatives industry – which often has the reputation of being a rather dry and analytical undertaking – has been going through a quite emotional phase for some months now. This has been triggered by the plans of several stock exchange operators to introduce speed differentiation in some market segments, which slows some of the orders entered. 

Eurex has been a pioneer here. Three years ago, we started looking at the topic of speed and analyzed its role in the order books of our large product portfolio. The result: in some market segments, the speed race has reached its limit because it no longer increases liquidity or the efficiency of pricing.

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This article was first published in the Börsen-Zeitung on 28 June 2019.