Stocks & Commodities V. 24:8 (62-64): Product Review: NASDAQ TotalView by Matt Blackman

Stocks & Commodities V. 24:8 (62-64): Product Review: NASDAQ TotalView by Matt Blackman
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Stocks & Commodities V. 24:8 (62-64): Product Review: NASDAQ TotalView by Matt Blackman

In the mid-1990s, the NASDAQ gained real popularity with traders. Electronic quotes together with the exponential growth in computers meant that many more professional and retail traders could instantly view the action and play the game. By 1999, the NASDAQ became the world’s largest stock market by dollar volume. The dotcom bubble was in full swing, propelling the NASDAQ Composite from just 750 in early 1995 to a high of 5,132.52 on March 10, 2000, up nearly 600% just five years later.

With this incredible rise (and eventual fall), volatility also went ballistic. As volatility increased, traders adapted by reducing their time in trades, and this resulted in the rapid proliferation of daytraders in the late 1990s. As timelines shortened, so did strategies. In a trade lasting minutes instead of weeks or months, traditional technical indicators and fundamental information are of little value.

The new battlefield required traders to assess supply and demand rapidly. Like barracudas waiting for an unwitting morsel to swim within range, traders first to spot an arbitrage opportunity and act with lightning speed won games lasting less than a New York minute. Technological tools of the trade and speed became more important than ever before.

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