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Short-Volatility Fund Cash Levels Hits Record High

While VIX futures and options speculators have pulled back (albeit very marginally) from their record short positions in the last week, ETF products betting that volatility will sink lower have never been more popular. As VIX collapsed to an 8 handle and record low close last week, futures and options specs did pull back very […]


Short-Volatility Funds AUM Hits Record High

While VIX futures and options speculators have pulled back (albeit very marginally) from their record short positions in the last week, ETF products betting that volatility will sink lower have never been more popular. As VIX collapsed to an 8 handle and record low close last week, futures and options specs did pull back very […]


Just Short The Robots

Just two weeks ago, we detailed the launch of a new A.I.-driven equity ETF whose human 'manager' claimed: "EquBot AI Technology with Watson has the ability to mimic an army of equity research analysts working around the clock, 365 days a year, while removing human error and bias from the process.” According to Chida Khatua, […]


Liquidity Provider Signals Collapse In Global ETF Trading

Trading in low cost, passive investment products might be more vulnerable than some thought. Global ETF trading collapsed by 14% in Q3 2017 versus Q2 2017 – and was described as “unusually slow”. Global ETF trading in September 2017 was 24% lower than the same month a year ago. For those unfamiliar, Flow Traders NV […]


Institutions Are Selling To Retail Investors At An Unprecedented Pace

According to the latest EPFR fund flow data compiled by BofA’s Michael Hartnett, the great “institutional to equity” stockholding rotation is accelerating, with another $8.8bn allocated to equities, more than all of it from retail investors, and another $5.8bn going into bonds, offset by a $0.4bn outflows from gold. Ironically, the one place where active […]


What To Look For If This Is Indeed A Major Bubble

The core thesis presented earlier by Fasanara Capital, is that what is taking place in the market right now is the blowing of arguably the biggest asset bubble in history, or rather twin bubbles – impacting both equities and bonds… … created by trillions in central bank liquidity injections, and characterized by unprecedented equity valuations… […]


WTF Chart Of The Day: BoJ Now Owns 75% of Japanese ETFs

While ECB President Mario Draghi faces his own German-bond-market constraints in his hubristic bond-buying-bonanza, cornering him to taper sooner than later; the Bank of Japan appears to have thrown every textbook out of the window and cranked their plunge-protection to '11', as Bloomberg reports, The Bank of Japan now holds 75% of the nation's ETFs. […]


Matt King: Global QE And “ETFs Everywhere” Have Created An Unstable, One-Way Market

While the financial industry remains divided over what precisely is the cause of the malaise that affects modern markets, characterized by plunging volumes and trading activity, record low volatility and dispersion, a relentless ascent disconnected from fundamentals, and generally a sense of foreboding doom, manifested by an all time high OMT skew – or record […]