According to my knowledge that I know about Trading,* The Trading Success comes with a mind set that fears not losses, and that inflates not when profiting. Trading success comes with pure detachment. Your only dependence and loyalty is towards your trading system. These days most of us are choosing trading as the best way for investing. For many long-term investors, one of the most attractive types of assets that can be had when valuations are reasonable are dividend growth stocks. There are many companies that includes only those businesses that have not only paid dividends for 25 years, but increased the dividend per share rate, sending owners more and more cash.
HFT , used mostly by institutions, does indeed make up a large amount of trading volumes in the twenty first century with several impacts. Volumes are obviously higher, with orders automatically generated depending on how the computer (algorithm) interprets the markets. Pricing discrepancies are few and far between, computers quickly acting to profit from them. The algorithms can break up orders into tiny fractions and buy and sell to avoid their real intentions being unmasked, something which has seen the birth of HFT hunting - computers trying to work out what other computers are doing. HFT has been accused of exacerbating problem moves in the market. If someone makes a fat finger trade (mistake) this can be interpreted as a real trade and the computer acts immediately. There is no human thinking like (that can’t be right). Moves are often very quick. Things can become quite predictable at major levels of support and resistance, however, analysis of orders can also see levels tested a bit more and stops triggered at what would normally be considered a level offering enough breathing space. They are good in keeping the market moving and interesting, but they have many critics. Swings and roundabouts. Not sure what the breakup is among asset classes, That’s be interesting. More in FX which is itself the biggest market in the world.