Serious traders know that optimization is the key to low-latency trading. The path between a trading platform and the Exchange is made up of six layers: Execution Platform, Operating System, Computer Hardware, Local Network Infrastructure, Wide Area Network and Exchange Matching Engine. Each layer presents its own challenges; each requires a unique skillset to get right. Latency is not only how long it takes orders to get to the exchange but also how long it takes price messages to get to you from the Exchange. The longer the delay on that second piece – the longer it takes to make a trading decision.
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