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The major stock and commodities exchanges have instituted procedures to limit mass or panic selling in times of serious market declines and volatility. These mechanisms are known as Circuit Breakers, the Collar Rule, and Price Limits. Circuit Breakers establish whether trading will be halted temporarily or stopped entirely. The Collar Rule and Price Limits affect the way trading in the securities and futures markets takes place. Here’s a description of each one:
Originally posted by AceOfBase
They have safety measures in place to prevent panic selling from bringing down the entire market but I don't know if there's anything that will protect individual stocks.
Originally posted by Springer
Selling short tomorrow will probably make you alot of money IF you get your "puts" in early enough AND the market tanks because of today's events. This is a VERY risky thing to do because there is no "bottom" to your losses if the market rallies.
Originally posted by RANT
I wondered why not a single reporter asked the questions I would.
Will trading on these compainies be suspended? Will all trading be suspended? Should investors worry at all? If no controls are in place, what's to stop an irrational sell off? Or even a rational one?
Then I remembered I sold all my stock to make house payments after 9/11 and busted my 401(k) last year to pay for healthcare.
An unexplained surge in transactions was recorded prior to the attacks, leading to speculation that someone might have profited from previous knowledge of the terrorist plot by moving sums of money. But because the facilities of many financial companies processing the transactions were housed in New York's World Trade Center, destroyed in the blasts, it has until now been impossible to verify that suspicion.
Originally posted by Saerlaith
Would moving money from one account to another, from US currency to Canadian, and then withdrawing it in cash, get me noticed? I'm talking about 10-15K