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Thrills and Chills

Traders adjust to historic levels of volatility

Traders Magazine, May 2008

James Ramage

As trading environments go, the current one almost couldn't get any wilder. Experts say today's equities market hasn't been this volatile since the Great Depression. The large jumps in prices have meant greater risk, higher volumes and wider spreads for traders intermittently for more than seven months. But the buyside hasn't crumbled in despair. And their latest electronic tools haven't led them off a cliff, as some expected. Instead, traders have tackled the volatility and adapted. Many have made some key changes to their trading strategies and found ways to lower costs and find opportunities.

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