The 'slow frequency' shift from FX to stock markets

Efforts to curb the advantage of high frequency traders face resistance on stock markets, although the technology is already starting to level the playing field in currency dealing.

Efforts to curb the advantage of high frequency traders - who use computers churning out numerous transactions at lightning speed - face resistance on stock markets, although technology is already starting to level the playing field in currency dealing.

Critics of high frequency trading (HFT) say it distorts prices, causes "flash crashes" when markets dive in an instant, and fuels an expensive arms race to shave milliseconds off trading times.

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