“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”
I wonder if Greek philosopher Heraclitus was talking about the financial industry when he said this. In this industry, constant change is the norm. Besides the prices themselves being volatile, there are a number of other changes that are occurring with an almost daily frequency. Political decisions dramatically impact the markets. Just look at how the British pound plunged to its lowest level since 1985 after the Brexit vote. New regulations force trading organizations to invest in staff and technology to ensure compliance. Exchanges disappear as a result of consolidation, like in the recent purchase of NYSE/Euronext by ICE, while entire new exchanges are being created, like the Nasdaq Futures exchange. New financial instruments and products are also added at a constant clip, like the addition of weekly Treasury options. Even long standing assumptions on how to price certain financial instruments change overnight, like the introduction of a new method of pricing Energy Strip Strategies. Other less visible changes include shifts in the technology and protocols used to access programmatically the exchange matching engine.