Stock Exchanges Merge/High Speed Technologies Force Massive Changes, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The human element on trading floors continues to dwindle.  For example, the Wall Street bastion known as the New York Stock Exchange has slashed employee count and lost a massive amount of trading market share.  To fight back, the NYSE bought its own electronic trading unit in March 2006, NYSE Arca, formerly known as Archipelago.  The investment was successful to some extent, but it was not enough to counteract continuing evolution of the exchange industry. Exchanges worldwide are racing to provide the fastest possible trades in order to retain professional investment clients.  Over the past few years, upstart electronic exchanges…

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