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Speedy Swaps

Financial trading has reached lightning speeds: instead of swapping securities on the trading room floor, traders now complete their transactions in the virtual world - and within milliseconds. The profits are big, but the risks are even bigger.

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Technology has transformed the way traders work across the globe. Now, computers carry out major transactions while humans merely stand by and supervise. High-frequency traders earn their living through minimal price differentials. Their profit only adds up to a fraction of a cent - but it's the volume that counts.