High-frequency trading no threat to financial markets, regulators find

A slew of Asian regulators have looked into high-frequency trading prompted by concerns over computer-driven market manipulation. But little evidence of its negative impact has been found

Emma Quinn, AllianceBernstein

Terms like "predatory", "manipulative" and "scalping" are frequently tossed around when discussing high-frequency trading (HFT), but for Alex Frino, dean of Macquarie Graduate School of Management, such talk borders on hyperbole.

"The debate on HFT has become almost hysterical in some regions, yet it's characterised by an excess of opinion and deficit of proof," he says. This view does not, however, appear to be reflected by global regulators, with a number of them examining the larger issue of

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