At 2:32pm on May 6, 2010, the S&P 500 careened 8% in just 36 minutes before rebounding with just as dramatic of a move. The reason for this extreme volatility, according to market pundits, is that algorithmic trading firms step away from the market when they sense instability.  Paul Britton of Capstone points out that, “Banks have moved from being warehouses of risk to being intermediaries, … markets are riskier now as a result.”  Banks have stepped away from providing liquidity in markets especially when markets become volatile.
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