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JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - November 25, 2014 - KCG Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: KCG) today announced that it has issued its market commentary, "The Need for Speed: It's Important, Even for VWAP Strategies" by Phil Mackintosh, Head of Trading Strategy and Analysis. The report analyzes how long-term investors who leverage fast technology, such as smart routers and low latency networks, improve execution performance across various strategies - even for a VWAP (Volume Weighted Average Price) strategy.

The report focuses on the benefits queue priority offers long-term investors, further highlighting the fact that executional speed and performance impacts all market participants.

"There is often a perception in the market that speed only benefits aggressive, short-term traders, however we found institutional investors also benefit from faster trading executions," Mr. Mackintosh said. "Investors need to be smart, as well as fast, to make informed decisions and it is critical that long-term investors invest in technology to avoid the hidden costs associated with algorithms that are not optimized for the current market environment."

Key findings from the commentary include:

  • KCG used a simple single venue model to show how poor queue priority reduces spread capture and increases adverse selection.
  • The same logic applied to two long-term buyers trying to achieve VWAP shows that the buyer using the fastest routing achieved a better VWAP.
  • Using data for all stocks traded YTD on NASDAQ and NASDAQ BX, KCG found real data supported the model and found that orders that were deeper in the book when they were filled suffer from worse mark-out, measured as the movement in the mid after the fill.
  • Market complexity, such as inverted exchanges and dark pools, can also help traders achieve queue priority.

"In addition to speed, optimal execution strategy requires being a smart informed investor," observed Mr. Mackintosh. "It requires understanding the current depth of book at each venue and where the stock is likely to trade; weighing the trade-off between venue cost and spread capture; considering order types; and understanding how routing strategy can affect queue position."

"The Need for Speed: Its Important Even for VWAP Strategies" is part one of a two-part series on the benefits of informed order management.

KCG's Trading Commentary is available at

About KCG
KCG is a leading independent securities firm offering investors and clients a range of services designed to address trading needs across asset classes, product types and time zones. The firm combines advanced technology with exceptional client service across market making, agency execution and venues. KCG has multiple access points to trade global equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities via voice or automated execution.

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Sophie Sohn Jonathan Mairs
Communications & Marketing Investor Relations
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