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Growth, expansion and record trading volumes for Deep Value in 2011


Chicago, IL – Deep Value, developer of high performance trading algorithms, added to its headcount, expanded its offering, strengthened its testing environment and logged record trading volumes in 2011 through its Broker Dealer entity Deep Value Enclave.

Deep Value achieved its single highest trading day in December, processing 1.8 per cent of US-wide stock market trading volume. The company’s second highest trading day was in June with more than 1.3 per cent of US-wide stock market trading volume. Deep Value processed more than a third of a trillion dollars in trades in 2011.

2011 also saw the addition of 16 new full-time employees to its development team in Chennai, India. Deep Value now has one of the largest teams in the world dedicated solely to research and development of algorithmic trading in U.S. markets.

Deep Value introduced 7 new algorithmic strategies in 2011, along with new cluster-based simulation technology that allows the company to innovate, fine-tune and test its algorithms to improve algorithmic performance outside production environments. The process involves tick by tick playback of all market data in a simulated, massively parallelized computing environment that uses 300 machines.

“We are fully committed to best execution,” said Harish Devarajan. “To that end, we invest more than 40,000 hours annually in continuous improvement programs to support specific needs of our clients’ order flows.”

Deep Value has offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto and Chennai.


About Deep Value

Deep Value is focused entirely on developing the world’s best trading algorithms. Deep Value is one of only two providers of algorithms to Floor of The New York Stock Exchange. The company’s world-class technology solution and platform is installed both onsite at several client locations as well as at our own datacenters. Clients include the New York Stock Exchange, several prominent hedge funds and a number of other prestigious financial services powerhouses. Deep Value has developed its own sophisticated trading platform on top of industry standard open source components. This system, which is a container-based system is fully distributed, fault-tolerant providing graceful degradation under load and has sophisticated work scheduling frameworks. It is designed with high throughput and low latency as key elements. For more information visit:

February 3 2012 · Filed in: News

Anti-Gaming Logic

Anti-gaming logic that is dynamic and embedded

Anti-gaming logic is at the core of what we do. We deploy both dynamic strategies and embedded intelligence to ensure best execution you can trust.

Dynamic Strategies

Deep Value uses advanced visualization tools and statistical analysis packages to challenge gaming risk. We invest approximately 4,000 hours annually reviewing our NYSE trading algorithms. Our algorithms emit their internal state at the rate of approximately 39 emissions per algorithm minute. These emissions are the detailed internal driving variables of the algorithm as it moves through its various internal states through time, including market data. Our research and automated validation teams analyze these emissions to measure how our algorithms are performing, including potential market impact and leakage.

Embedded Intelligence

Deep Value embeds complex logic into all of its algorithms as a means of eliminating gaming risk at the core. Our algorithms deploy a host of sophisticated techniques designed to reveal as little information as possible, while still executing the trader intention expressed in the choice of algorithms and its settings. Rather than focusing on detection, Deep Value algorithms are shielded by (a) intelligent algorithmic logic that reduces information leakage and (b) constant tuning of algorithms for improving performance measurably that, apart from delivering better prices, also introduces variations in automated behavior and resulting signatures in the market that make the detection of their presence harder.

These techniques include the following:

  • Deep Value algorithms are volume-sensitive and do not overreact to out sized volume, or volumes that print too far away from the inside market; rather they exclude these volumes from consideration, so that our algorithms don’t mindlessly “catch up” and reveal their hands when large volumes print.
  • Deep Value algorithms display sizes that are sensitive to the ambient liquidity at the inside market, measured real-time, so that our participation is, to the extent allowed by the algorithmic intent, statistically “like” the liquidity already visible to market participants.
  • Deep Value algorithms are rebate and price performance sensitive, and as a rule try and fill as much of an order passively as possible. This has two benefits: first, economic benefit of making Deep Value a leader in terms of price performance and rebate performance; and second, protecting the customer from impacting the stock price mechanically and paying too much crossing wide spreads.
  • Deep Value algorithms don’t overreact by chasing adverse price moves (unless validated broadly in the market).
  • When serving aggressive orders, Deep Value algorithms typically don’t just reach across to take volume to the limits allowed, but rather wait to give contras an opportunity to replenish sizes at better prices after takes (as algorithmic orders typically do) before resuming aggressive actions.

NOTE: Supporting performance analysis with regard to arrival price is contained within NYSE Executive Summary POV Performance Report (August 2010 – June 2011).

January 30 2012 · , , , · Filed in: Technology

How three-phase commits led to better testing

An algorithmic trading saga unfolds

Testing our high frequency trading platform has always been a challenge. The amount of trading, and the complexity of that trading, have been increasing rapidly. This has led us to deploy more machinery to ensure we are performing as we expect. Read more →

November 10 2011 · Filed in: Technology

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