Circuit breakers put to test amid carnage in Asia’s equity markets

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By Jonathan Breen
26 Mar 2020

Circuit breakers were triggered on stock exchanges across Asia this week as the coronavirus pandemic caused extreme volatility. But following the shocks, the effectiveness of circuit breakers has been called into question. Jonathan Breen reports.

Circuit breakers can take various forms, from trading suspensions to limits on buying and selling within a certain price range, but they are all measures used by exchanges to tackle volatile price swings.

Every bourse has different parameters for when and how they kick in. China has a ...

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