Testing the limits

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On March 9, Thomson Reuters Spot Matching experienced an unprecedented four-hour service outage, causing widespread frustration among banks that use the platform on a daily basis. Although the causes of the outage are still not known, it has made all foreign exchange trading platforms more aware of the need to stress test their technology to prevent system failures.

To guard against technological failures, platforms invest considerably in testing, with ad hoc mechanisms designed to push

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