Computer hardware is one of the key areas that traders need to take very seriously. In low-latency trading, every nanosecond counts and computer hardware can be one of the key areas where investors fail to recognise – this is a one-off not a recurring cost. On a stripped down, barebones Operating System, the most successful traders typically use a hardware setup that consists of the most expensive processor on the market. Costs for a single server can easily reach more than 20K USD. However, if you only optimize this element of your trading system and fail to address the other five key elements, other traders will have influenced the market long before you – time is money in the financial markets.
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