Wall Street Fastens Its Seatbelt, Preparing for This Weeks Ride

New York Times – Frazzled traders and money managers spent an angst-filled weekend struggling to fathom the sweeping bailout the Bush administration proposed for financial institutions in the United States and what it will mean for the world’s markets.

At big banks, staff members rushed to update trading records before the opening bell sounded on Monday morning in New York. Quants, those math-loving traders who use complex computer models to hunt out investments, tinkered with algorithms.

Some hedge fund managers, unsure where the markets will go or what the government will do, sought safety in cash. Securities lawyers sorted through new rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission that will require such funds to disclose their bearish bets on financial companies.

And in between, everyone tried to catch up on some sleep.

But after the Dow Jones industrial average cartwheeled a dizzying 1,023 points in 24 hours on Thursday and Friday, ending the week virtually where it began, just about the only thing people seemed to agree on was that this ride was not over.

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