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Oxford Algorithmic Trading Programme

Gain an understanding of the rules that drive successful algorithmic trading strategies


Algorithmic trading has been around since the 1970s, but the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence has accelerated its advance substantially. This allows trading algorithms to find market efficiencies and recognise profitable patterns on their own accord, which allows for the performance of these algorithms to often exceed those of professional traders and financial advisors. Trading occurs at an immense pace, making it impossible for a human trader to stay on top of everything.

Successful algorithmic trading will lead to the breaking up of a large order into multiple smaller pieces, the spreads being traded on to be narrowed, the possibility of providing liquidity, and the benefit of you focussing more of your time on issues where human intelligence and judgement add the most value.

Algorithmic trading strategies differ to manual trading where you will be susceptible to human emotion. The algorithmic trading system removes human emotion and irrational decisions from the market. Using algorithmic trading strategies ultimately leads to lower transaction costs because of the saved opportunity cost of constantly having to monitor the markets.

What will set you apart

After successfully completing this highly interactive and supported online learning journey, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to illustrate the methodologies used to model trading strategies for different types of financial markets
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of classical and behavioural finance and how theoretical trading models are applied in practice
  • The ability to formulate a view on the relationship between emerging technologies and the future of systematic trading
  • The opportunity to assess the efficacy of an algorithmic trading model within a live environment or real-world market circumstance
  • An understanding of the historical and current state of systematic trading as well as the key challenges and opportunities faced by the industry

Our next programme will start on 25 July 2018, and will run for 8 weeks.

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