#10. Algorithms

Central to the development of many of the technologies on this list has been the rise of algorithmic trading. Algorithms use programmatic rules to analyze trading volume, volatility, timing, and other factors at super speed, ultimately giving investors the power to execute orders exponentially quicker and with less bias than human operators are able to.

Algorithms have given quantitative analysts and computer scientists an increased role in financial firms as companies race to develop faster and more powerful analytical platforms.

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