Contrary to popular belief, the way to ensure workaday investors can deal fairly with high-frequency traders isn’t to speed up, but to slow down.

That’s what Ronan Ryan, chief strategy officer and co-founder of alternative trading system IEX, said in an interview with

He says HFT isn’t inherently good or bad for the markets. It can provide liquidity across trading venues, but it can also be used to profit at the expense of traders who can’t act on bids or offers as quickly.

“We’re taking the battle out of the conversation about whether high-frequency is good or bad, is necessary or unnecessary,” Ryan says.

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