Living in a trader's paradise. What you need to know about financial markets today

Up, down, wherever the markets go, they’re doing it with a lot more drama these days. That volatility is freaking out some investors, but for traders who live for short-term bets it’s wonderful. Prominent trader Marc Fisher calls the current environment “a trader’s paradise.” He told CNBC: “It sort of reminds me of the days of being back on the floor when everyone was rocking and rolling.” Stock pickers see this as an opportunity to prove their worth (cough, fees) and push back the tide of passive, automated investing. As Joe Saluzzi, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading, notes: “It’s very hard to pick a stock when they are all up.”