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Trading places

Researchers find optimal locations for doing business in multiple markets

3:26pm, October 29, 2010

Forget the trading floor — in the future, an empty lot in Uzbekistan or a barge anchored miles off Chile’s southern coast may be the most lucrative spot for playing the market. A new analysis that takes a particular kind of trading to its theoretical limit finds the precise locations between the world’s major securities exchanges for gaming the speed of light.

In today’s markets, computers search for and act on relevant information in a flash, sending orders through fiber optic cables at nearly light speed. By buying or selling shares split

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