Do High-Frequency Traders Anticipate Buying and Selling Pressure?

Hirschey, N (2021) Do High-Frequency Traders Anticipate Buying and Selling Pressure? Management Science, 67 (6). pp. 3321-3345. ISSN 0025-1909 OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

This study provides evidence that high-frequency traders (HFTs) identify patterns in past trades and orders that allow them to anticipate and trade ahead of other investors’ order flow. Specifically, HFTs’ aggressive purchases and sales lead those of other investors, and this effect is stronger at times when it is more difficult for non-HFTs to disguise their order flow. Consistent with some HFTs being more skilled or more focused on anticipatory strategies, I show that trades from a subset of HFTs consistently predict non-HFT order flow the best. The results are not explained by HFTs reacting faster to news or past returns, by contrarian or trend-chasing behavior by non-HFTs, or by trader misclassification. These findings support the existence of an anticipatory trading channel through which HFTs increase non-HFT trading costs.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
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Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 09:38
Date of first compliant deposit: 19 Aug 2020
Subjects: S > Selling
F > Financial markets
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2021 06:07
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1458
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