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Volatility taking its toll on volume

Wall Street giants could face trouble as 'paralyzing volatility' hits not only equities but also currencies and bonds.

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TRADING BLUES: To investors, the fact that markets have become more turbulent and less liquid is a direct and unintended consequence of the structural changes wrought by post-crisis regulations - which were intended to make banks safer.

THERE'S plenty of volatility, but what happened to the volume? From stocks to currencies and bonds, the upswing in turbulence to start the year is chasing all but the bravest traders from financial markets. Despite the recent rebound in US equities, volume in the S&P 500 Index is down 23 per