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Title: The thermodynamics of high frequency trading
Authors: Webster, Kevin Thomas
Advisors: Carmona, Rene
Contributors: Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department
Keywords: High frequency trading
Limit order book
Market microstructure
Self-financing equation
Subjects: Applied mathematics
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: High Frequency Trading (HFT) represents an ever growing proportion of all financial transactions as most markets have now switched to electronic order book systems. This dissertation proposes a novel methodology to analyze idiosyncrasies of the high frequency market microstructure and embed them in classical continuous time models. The main technical result is the derivation of continuous time equations which generalize the self-financing relationships of frictionless markets to electronic markets with limit order books. We use NASDAQ ITCH data to identify significant empirical features such as price impact and recovery, rough paths of inventories and vanishing bid-ask spreads. Starting from these features, we identify microscopic identities holding on the trade clock, and through a diffusion limit argument, derive continuous time equations which provide a macroscopic description of properties of the order book. These equations naturally differentiate between trading via limit and market orders. We give several applications to illustrate their impact and how they can be used to the benefit of Low Frequency Traders (LFTs). In particular, option pricing and market making models are proposed and solved, leading to new insights as to the impact of limit orders and market orders on trading strategies.
Alternate format: The Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the library's main catalog
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Operations Research and Financial Engineering

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