Swissquote Conference 2014 on Algorithmic and High-Frequency Trading

Algorithmic and high-frequency trading have become the norm for electronic trading of financial assets worldwide. The new trading paradigm with a focus on ultra-short time horizons and the trading process rather than the asset itself, has led to lower bid-ask spreads but also to less benign market phenomena such as the “flash crash” of May 2010. Questions arise naturally as to whether high-frequency trading is harming conventional low-frequency and long term investors. Tools to measure and manage risk and profitability in the presence of high-frequency trading have yet to be developed for market participants and regulators.

The 5th annual Swissquote Conference will feature the latest research on algorithmic and high-frequency trading by leading experts and scholars in the field. The event addresses academics and practitioners alike, and shall foster the interaction among individuals and across institutions.

Friday November 7, 2014

News Report: Summary of the event and pictures of the event

Speakers and program overview:

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome address
09:15 – 10:00 Richard Olsen (OLSENINVEST)
The Future of Digital Markets
, Video
10:00 – 10:45
Thierry Foucault (HEC Paris)
News Trading and Speed“, Slides, Video
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:40 Christian A. Katz (CEO SIX Swiss Exchange)
A factual view of HFT

11:40 – 12:45 Panel discussion (C. Katz, A. Kirilenko, A. Kyle, R. Olsen)
“Benefits, risks, and future of high-frequency trading
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:30 Charles Jones (Columbia University)
Potential Pilot Problems“,
Slides, Video
14:30 – 15:15
Robert Almgren (Quantitative Brokers and New York University)
Using a Market Simulator to Develop Execution Algorithms“,
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 16:30 Albert Kyle (University of Maryland)
The Flash Crash: The Impact of High Frequency
Trading on an Electronic Market
SlidesPaper and Video
16:30 – 17:15 Andrei Kirilenko (MIT)
High Frequency Trading, Slides, Video


SwissTech Convention Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland


Participation is free but places at the conference are limited.

Contact: [email protected]

The conference is organized by the Swissquote Chair in Quantitative Finance and the Swiss Finance Institute at EPFL, and is sponsored by :

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