Survey: Is it “Automated”, “Algorithmic”, or “Systems” Trading?

December 8th, 2008

I’m interested to hear what you think about this controversy. When referring to a framework where a computer initiates and manages trades without human intervention – what phrase do you think best describes that concept?

  • Automated Trading
  • Algorithmic Trading
  • Systems Trading
  • Program Trading (added thanks to Drew’s comment below)

What phrase would you say most people use? I’ve got my own thoughts on the subject that I’ll write up in a future post, but first I’d like to get your thoughts?

Which one is best and why? And which phrase do you think is most popular?

4 Comments »

  1. Drew Robertson Said,

    December 8, 2008 @ 6:39 am

    What’s wrong with program trading?

  2. QuantBot Said,

    December 8, 2008 @ 8:56 am

    I would tend to lean towards: Algorithmic Trading

    The reason being, is that with my strats, I’m detecting other algo movements and placing stat prob on those algos repeating what they’ve done in the past.

    ;>

  3. Jason Roberts Said,

    December 8, 2008 @ 9:44 am

    Automated trading seems the most descriptive. Algorithmic and systems trading could still mean manual trading but utilizing a ‘system’ or algorithm to generate the signals. Program trading sounds like 80’s terminology. The other terminology issue is whether to use strategy or model.

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