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The End Is Near?

  The End Is Near? Written by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money News & TF Metals Report     For gold investors, the major thorn in our side continues to be the USDJPY so we need to discuss it again.   Over the past weekend at TFMR, we had a discussion about how so many well-intentioned […]


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Know government regulation, know moral hazard. No government regulation, no moral hazard. We have been reading quite a bit about rumors of governments trying to regulate crypto currency.  If and when they do, we will be told that it is for our own safety, of this I am certain.   We will also be told that […]


“We Fought Hard But Did Not Deliver”: $2.2BN Hutchin Hill Is Shutting Down

With several months having passed since the last prominent hedge fund closure, the recent narrative that the 2 and 20 community was doing exceedingly well to close out the year (with long/shorts piling into tech names with record leverage), was starting to gain traction. That may have changed this afternoon, when Reuters reported that well-known […]


The Approaching Silicon Valley Meltdown

Authored by Mark St.Cyr, To say that we are living through precarious times seems to be an understatement. Whether one lives in the so moniker’d “developed world, emerging, or frontier” there seems to be one constant currently: No one seems to be able to accurately ponder what tomorrow may bring, whether its political, economical, social, […]


SEC Hires JPM Banker As Its Most Important Markets Regulator; May Blow Up HFTs

Yes, it’s another glaring case of “revolving door” cronyism between Wall Street and the SEC: on Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it had hired Brett Redfearn, a JPMorgan banker, to head the agency’s Division of Trading and Markets, arguably the most important group within the SEC, one which oversees U.S. stock markets and […]


DARPA Asks HFT Traders How Hackers Will Crash The Market

Having been responsible for the biggest flash crashes in recent years, it is no surprise that when it comes to the market’s growing structural vulnerabilities, high frequency traders have emerged as the primary authority on how to crash the market in the blink of an eye. Which is perhaps why none other than the Pentagon […]


Where US Stocks Are Traded Today

Last week, the US Treasury Department issued its second of four reports related to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 (on regulation in alignment with the Core Principles). The first report was on Banking, this report is on the Capital Markets, and other reports will follow over the coming months (including on asset management, insurance, products, […]


VIX ‘Spikes’ Above 10 As Market Breaks…

It appears the crucial link between HFT algos and the options market just broke as BATS options exchanges have declared self-help again NASDAQ ISE. VIX is spiking as stocks open, but stocks limping very modestly lower. *BATS:ROUTING TO NASDAQ ISE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED AS OF 09:32:33 ET *BATS BZX OPTIONS EXCHANGE HAS DECLARED SELF-HELP VS […]


‘Broken’ Market Sparks Buying Panic In Stocks…

It appears the crucial link between HFT algos and the options market just broke as BATS options exchanges have declared self-help again NASDAQ ISE. VIX is spiking as stocks open, but stocks limping very modestly lower. *BATS:ROUTING TO NASDAQ ISE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED AS OF 09:32:33 ET *BATS BZX OPTIONS EXCHANGE HAS DECLARED SELF-HELP VS […]


Amid Growing Risks And Diminishing Returns From Algos, Former Blackrock Elite Take On Mindless Robots

As ZeroHedge readers are keenly aware, 2008 kicked off the largest financial engineering experiment in history – namely, the beginning of 12.3 Trillion in QE and the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years. The plan, hatched by Bush-era Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, created a ‘Fed Put’ underneath the markets first made popular […]


Quant Fund Run By Three 20-Somethings Trades $1 Billion A Day

Financial markets are increasingly being dominated by quantitative and passive traders (even as quant forms have underperformed this year). We highlighted this dichotomy earlier this year in a post titled “Quants Dominate The Market; Unexpectedly They Are Also Badly Underperforming It:” “Two days ago, JPM's head quant made a striking observation: "Passive and Quantitative investors […]


Total G-3 Central Bank Control

    Total G-3 Central Bank Control Posted with permission and written by Craig Hemke, TF Metals Report      There’s a lot of amazement and wonder at how the “stock market” can be up today with the devastating news out of Texas and the latest North Korean missile launch. Longtime readers of TFMR know […]


Inside The “Wildest Commodity Trade” Ever… Just Don’t Blink

Besides the hilariously fabricated economic data and the whole central planning bit – both of which are now everywhere these days – the one most notable feature about China’s economy and capital markets are the constantly rolling, bursting and resurrecting asset bubbles: from housing, to stocks, to bonds, to commodities, to cryptocurrencies, to pretty much […]


Weekend Reading: Losing Faith?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Last week, I penned the following: “Now, you would suspect the possibility of nuclear war might just be the catalyst to send markets reeling, but looking at the market’s reaction on Thursday, I suspect there will be t-shirts soon reading:   ‘I survived the threat of nuclear war and […]