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The near disappearance of stock market volatility is putting high-frequency traders in a panic, persuading them to pursue new markets.

With each passing week, the VIX, the main measure of S&P 500 volatility, falls to another low. That spelled trouble for high-frequency traders (HFTs) because their businesses are built on profiting from rapidly moving stocks.

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