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Foreign Exchange

FX’s OTC nature will limit machine learning

Almost two decades after the principles of machine learning were applied to FX trading, challenges remain to be addressed for the technology to become ubiquitous.


A machine’s capacity to analyze market data in a quantity and speed that no human trader could hope to match is undeniable.

However, that machine also has to deal with data characteristics that are constantly moving, autocorrelation – where today’s price depends heavily on yesterday’s price – and low signal to noise ratios, which require it to sift through large volumes of meaningless data to find a meaningful result.


Kris Longmore,
Quantify Partners

The over-the-counter (OTC) nature of the FX market also means that data might only be applicable to specific brokers, says Kris Longmore, co-founder and head of quantitative research at Quantify Partners.

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