Index-based Circuit Breakers

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The index-based circuit breaker method is used at three different levels of the NEPSE index movement: 4%, 5%, and 6%. When these circuit breakers trip, all securities trades come to a halt.

If there is a 4 percent movement in any direction within the first hour of trading, at 12:00 PM, the market will be halted for 20 minutes. If this movement occurs after 12:00 p.m., no trading will be halted at this level, and the market will continue to trade.

If the market moves by more than 5% in either direction before 13:00 PM, the market will be halted for 40 minutes. There will be no trading stop at this level if this movement occurs after 13:00 PM, and the market will continue to trade.

Trading will be halted for the remainder of the day if there is a 6 percent change in either direction. After a 6% movement in the NEPSE, no trading is allowed for the day.

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