Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Bonnie Van Ness

Relational Format



High frequency trading has impacted the American and European financial markets through its advanced algorithms, rapid speed, and preferential treatment from purchasing information and co-location from exchanges. High frequency trading alone is not harmful, but without proper regulations it can hurt the financial markets. In this thesis, I researched implemented regulations, the consequences of those regulations, and pending new regulations. To gather information, I studied relevant research on the topic, including numerous academic articles and books to get a broader view of the issues. Through my research, I have found that previous regulations implemented by American and European regulatory agencies have benefitted high frequency trading firms, and that exchanges, through selling information via co-location, have created an environment that benefits high frequency traders. High frequency trading firms are affecting the market in a negative way by providing a false sense of liquidity while acting as a market makers and by purchasing preferential information and access to the financial markets.



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