Turmoil in U.S. stock markets continues as policymakers scramble to come up with an effective response to the worsening coronavirus crisis. The frequent sell-offs have been so big they’ve triggered so-called circuit breakers – rules designed to temporarily halt trading to forestall panic selling – for the first time since 1997.

Jonathan T. Fluharty-Jaidee, a finance expert at West Virginia University, describes how circuit breakers work and addresses a bigger question: Should President Trump simply shut down markets until the crisis passes?

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The normally busy floor of the New York Stock Exchange was empty on Oct. 29, 2012, during Hurricane Sandy. AP Photo/Richard Drew

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Jonathan T. Fluharty-Jaidee, West Virginia University

Plunging stocks have triggered rarely used 'circuit breakers’ that temporarily halt trading. A finance scholar explains what they are and the costs of shutting down markets.


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