Should the outbreak of COVID-19 escalate into a global pandemic, as is expected, then markets and firms are concerned that traders and other employees might not be able to get to work.
“New York Stock Exchange is beginning to prepare for the possibility that the floor might not be able to open. It’s a mixture of both humans and an automated trading system, computerized trading system,” Charles Gasparino of Fox Business said on The Claman Countdown on Friday. “So they’re planning for a possibility that the… floor traders, the brokers, the designated market makers can’t make it in because they have to stay home.”
Gasparino, citing his sources, said the NYSE will have “some sort of a test run” in a few days.