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How machine trading amplifies market sell-offs and rallies.

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Algorithmic investment methods act as stock market accelerants, up or down. Here's why machine trading makes sell-offs worse. The use of complex algorithms and high-frequency trading (HFT) has revolutionized the stock market, making it faster and more efficient. However, this has also amplified volatility in the markets. HFT algorithms are designed to trade on small price discrepancies and can execute trades in milliseconds, causing sudden price movements and exacerbating sell-offs or rallies.

During the recent GameStop frenzy, algorithmic trading played a significant role in driving up prices and creating volatility. Retail traders using social media platforms like Reddit bought up GameStop shares, causing the price to skyrocket. Algorithmic traders caught wind of this and joined in, compounding the price increase. When the stock eventually crashed, algorithmic trading intensified the sell-off, causing the price to plummet further.

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