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The Speed Traders Workshop Dubai, on the New Definition of High Frequency Trading

The latest updates from the CFTC on the definition of high frequency trading will be covered in detail by Mr. Edgar Perez, Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, who will lead The Speed Traders Workshop 2012: How High Frequency Traders Leverage Profitable Strategies to Find Alpha in Equities, Options, Futures and FX (www.thespeedtradersworkshop.com), in Dubai, January 25, 2012. Mr. Perez, author of The Speed Traders, An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World (www.thespeedtraders.com), will reveal at The Speed Traders Workshop 2012 Dubai how high-frequency trading players are succeeding in the global markets and driving the development of algorithmic trading at breakneck speeds from the U.S. and Europe to India, Singapore and Brazil.

Recently, the definition of high frequency trading has been a hot topic of discussion, with the CFTC discussing various possible definitions of the practice. According to Telis Demos of the Financial Times, while the practice of HFT has been a focus for regulators and market participants for the past several years, it has so far eluded a commonly agreed definition. Industry trade groups are calling for a regulatory focus on the techniques of high-speed trading rather than the participants, while regulators are hoping to identify the largest speed-trading firms.

On Tuesday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission convened its technology advisory group, consisting of agency officials and industry members, to discuss definitions. Trade groups made their own proposals.

The stakes over the definition are high. If regulators define it broadly, groups such as investment banks and traditional asset managers who use automated trading programmes that send and cancel bursts of orders to the market could be tagged as "high-frequency traders”.

The Speed Traders Workshop 2012 Dubai opens the door to the secretive world of high-frequency trading, the most controversial form of investing today; in the name of protecting the algorithms they have spent so much time perfecting, speed traders almost never talk to the press and disclose as little as possible about how they operate. The Speed Traders Workshop 2012 Dubai will reveal how high-frequency trading players are succeeding in the global markets and driving the development of algorithmic trading at breakneck speeds from the U.S. and Europe to India, Singapore and Brazil. Highlights of The Speed Traders Workshop 2012 Dubai for this session include:

•    The need for speed and sophisticated computer programs in generating, routing, and executing orders

•    Co-location and individual data feeds to minimize latency

•    Time-frames for establishing and closing highly-liquid positions

•    Review of the most important strategies: market making, trend following, value arbitrage and others

The Speed Traders, published by McGraw-Hill Inc., is the most comprehensive, revealing work available on the most important development in trading in generations. High-frequency trading will no doubt play an ever larger role as computer technology advances and the global exchanges embrace fast electronic access. The Speed Traders explains everything there is to know about how today's high-frequency traders make millions—one cent at a time. In this new title, The Speed Traders, Mr. Perez opens the door to the secretive world of high-frequency trading. Inside, prominent figures drop their guard and speak with unprecedented candidness about their trade. For more about The Speed Traders, readers can visit its Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the most popular online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders, among others.

Mr. Perez is one of the great business networkers and motivators on the lecture circuit; he is available worldwide for the following speaking engagements: Present and Future of High-Frequency Trading, The Real Story behind the "Flash Crash", Networking for Financial Executives, and Business Networking for Success.