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IG Group’s five predictions for the future of trading



The multi-platform trading company, IG published predictions of what the future of trading would look like. Thirteen financial writers and analysts submitted their predictions for what trading might be like in the year 2069.

Here are the top five:

1. Thought powered trading

  • Trading platforms will be controlled by trader’s minds allowing to open or close positions within 0.1 seconds.
  • The U.S. Military currently investing in the development of neural implants that could potentially lead to this development.
  • Research by Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience has shown that controlling software applications with brainwaves is feasible.

2. Digital management of emotions

  • Traders may use hardware to strengthen self-control and login at the expense of emotions that contribute to poor choices.
  • Trading platforms can detect emotional reactions or states of fear and greed and block an account to prevent unnecessary risks.
  • Research presented at Neuromodulation of Neural Microcircuits’ (NM) conference proposes natural implants to enhance mood and emotion.

3. Pockets-sized big data

  • Quantum computers can find correlations in big data through analysis and thus assist traders in developing their strategies. Boston Consulting Group has predicted that quantum computers will be usable by 2040.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale, and Oxford University are currently working on the development of quantum computers.

4. Specialized trading environments

  • Traders will have access to a variety of trading environments and choose to trade in a team or against each other.
  • The change will be facilitated by blockchain and cryptocurrency.
  • Cryptocurrency networks such as Etherium, NEO and EOS already power smart contracts an decentralized apps.

5. Mobile phone generated 3D trading rooms

  • 3D volumetric interfaces will allow traders to make their own trading floor.
  • Traders will be able to build their own workspaces using augmented reality and this will allow them to monitor more markets and trades at the same time.
  • Volumetric interfaces are close. Researchers in Japan have been working on reactive holograms since 2015 using high frequency laser pulses.

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