October 30, 2000
NOTE TO EDITORS
Now on the New York Feds web site in the Current Issues in Economics and Finance, The Emergence of Electronic Communications Networks in the U.S. Equity Markets, by James McAndrews and Chris Stefanadis. "The U.S. equity markets are in the midst of a technological revolution that could redefine their structure and operation," the authors find.
According to McAndrews and Stefanadis, the competition spawned by electronic communications networks (ECNs) stock-trading systems that match buy and sell orders and execute transactions is already encouraging faster order execution, lower transaction costs, and better customer service.
McAndrews and Stefanadis also find that:
ECNs might eventually enable stock trading to migrate from a single site, such as an exchange floor, to highly interconnected market centers.
- ECNs already have a sizable share of Nasdaq trading volume, but it is too early to predict exactly how they will reshape the equity markets.
- Traditional exchanges and market centers are investing in new technology and trading systems in response to the growing challenge of ECNs.