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Big Board Defies Odds and Disaster

Traders Magazine, September 2001

Gregory Bresiger

Checkpoints, identification cards and members of the National Guard became a part of the New York Stock Exchange when it re-opened after the World Trade Center tragedy. "They looked at every picture and they looked at every face," one specialist said. But Big Board officials were also satisifed that markets, although highly volatile, were functioning and were orderly. A spokesman for the NYSE said daily volume in the first week averaged some 2.2 billion shares. NYSE officials added that they were ready to handle double or triple that number.

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