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How The Asset Bubble Could End – Part 2

Authored by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man.com, Read Part 1 here… Contradictory Signals Special antennae that help traders catch upcoming opportunities. Available from the same outfit that sells the soup-cooling spoon (Acme Inc).   There is just one more positioning indicator we want to mention: after surging by around $126 billion since March of 2016, NYSE […]


UK Trader Fined 60,000 Pounds For Outsmarting Algos

Yet another UK trader is being punished by overzealous regulators for an accomplishment that should instead have earned him accolades: Outsmarting the machines. In a case that echoes some of the circumstances surrounding the scapegoating of former UK-based trader Nav Sarao, former Bank of America Merrill Lynch bond trader Paul Walter has been fined 60,000 […]


Machine Learning’s “Overhyped” Potential Is Headed Toward The “Trough Of Disillusionment”

Bloomberg’s series on automation on Wall Street has certainly given the hundreds of thousands of highly educated individuals employed in the US financial services industry a lot to think about, like, for example, ‘will my job be here in ten years when it’s time for my oldest to head to college?’” However, Bloomberg’s latest installment […]


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 […]


The Crash Of ’87 Remembered: “It Was Clear The Acapulco Cliff-Dive Was On For Monday”

“The markets in a panic are like a country during a coup, and seen in retrospect that is how they were that day,” wrote a young Salomon bond salesmena named Michael Lewis, of the chaos he witnessed. “One small group of people with its old, established way of looking at the world is hustled from […]


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 […]


Personal Recollections From The Crash Of 1987: “There Was No ‘Smart Money’ That Day!”

Via LyonsSharePro.com, The following guest post is a first-hand account of the events surrounding the Crash of 1987 by JLFMI President, John S. Lyons. Personal Recollections of the Crash of 1987 on its 30th Anniversary “There was no ‘smart money’ that day.” What do the assassination of President John F Kennedy, the beginning of Desert Storm […]


The Biggest Stock Market Crashes Tend To Happen In October

Authored by SeasonalCharts.com's Dmitri Speck via Acting-Man.com, October is the Most Dangerous Month The prospect of steep market declines worries investors – and the month of October has a particularly bad reputation in this respect.   Bad juju month: Statistically, October is actually not the worst month on average – but it is home to […]


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 […]


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 […]


Australia Cracks Down On Bitcoin Exchanges; Shrugs Off Banks’ “Systemic” Money-Laundering Violations

Australian Government Is Cracking Down On The Nonexistent Bitcoin Money-Laundering Epidemic Australia’s largest banks can’t seem to go six months without a new scandal. In April, regulators accused Commonwealth Bank, one of the country’s largest financial institutions, of “systemic” money laundering violations, sparking an investigation into the broader banking sector, and the promise of heavy-handing […]