Exchanges, SEC close to agreeing how to work "kill switch"

U.S. exchanges, brokers and the Securities and Exchange Commission are closing in on a "kill switch," a mechanism by which software glitches can be neutralized by halting trading before chaos ensues. "I think we are hopeful to have something to report in the first quarter of next year," the New York Stock Exchange's Joe Mecane told the Senate banking committee Tuesday. Mecane also said retail investors were essentially being abused by more-skilled traders because of how the market infrastructure has evolved.

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