Beyond The Margins: Systems Explore The Twilight Zone

THIS WEEK'S LEAD STORIES

Trading systems broadly outperformed the markets -- at least during Monday's debacle -- but the systems picture was not all sweetness and light.

Monday's bust and the wild fluctuations which followed posed an endurance test for man and machine. Sleepless nights and coding-on-the-fly were rife as the crush of trading kept shell-shocked systems people struggling to keep pace.

The technology generally did what it was designed to do. Problems arose when extraordinary volume combined with unusually

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