Equity Trading

What Is Equity Trading?

Equity trading is the purchase and sale of shares in companies that are publicly listed on stock exchanges. The direction and volume of equity trading are influenced by factors such as the overall state of the economy, capital flows across asset classes, idiosyncratic news concerning specific companies, and changes in market expectations among investors and speculators.

Financial institutions such as banks, mutual funds, or hedge funds implement equity trading strategies to optimize their asset portfolios, take advantage of short-term mispricing and arbitrage opportunities, or gain exposure to multiple risk factors such as momentum, growth vs. value, or small cap vs. large cap.

You can build and test equity trading strategies with data gathered from data feeds and databases. This approach enables you to model behaviors systematically with a process that lets you:

See also: cointegration, commodities trading, energy trading, financial risk management, swing trading, backtesting