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High frequency trading continues to spread

High frequency trading (HFT) is still mainly focused in the US equities markets. However, recent reports by the Aite Group consultancy show that it is continuing to spread across the world's markets and asset classes.

In their recent review of HFT in futures markets (here) they found that it accounted for around 25% of futures volume. Their projections show this could reach 40% in 2015.

Likewise in their review of HFT in FX markets (here) they again found it had accounted for about 25% of overall trade volume by the end of 09. They estimate this could rise to over 40% by 2012.