Doing more with less volatility

Joel Clark of FX Week

The waxing and waning of volatility has been one of the biggest challenges facing foreign exchange traders over the past two years. While sharp changes in the level of volatility was the clear trend of 2011 – with the notable spikes in Japan and Switzerland causing pain for some and profit for others – the steady decline in volatility has been the defining feature of 2012.

Buoyed by the European Central Bank's (ECB) longer-term refinancing operations in late 2011 and early 2012, the year started

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