Circuit breakers

Definition:

Measures instituted by exchanges to stop trading temporarily when the market has fallen by a certain percentage in a specified period. They are intended to prevent a market free fall by permitting buy and sell orders to rebalance.

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Risk controlled arbitrage

A self-funding, self-hedged series of transactions that generally use mortgage securities (MBS) as the primary assets.

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