SEC Circuit Breaker Doesn't Go Far Enough

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Michael Shashoua, Sell-Side Technology

The US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) circuit breaker rules—which the Commission announced June 30 it plans to expand to include more stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)—are a nice try at improving market regulation after the disruption of May 6, but still behind the times.

The circuit breaker rules, implemented earlier in June for stocks listed in the S&P 500 index, pause trading in those stocks if they experience a 10 percent price change over the preceding five minutes. The

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