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Our Brave New '''Markets'''

How HFT algorithms risk a massive sudden sell-off
Friday, July 28, 2017, 8:18 PM

One thing is clear: These aren’t your daddy’s markets anymore.

Why?  Because about 10 years ago the Rise of the Machines (aka high frequency trading algorithms) completely altered the terrain of what we call the ‘capital markets.’  » Read more

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Sympathy For The Devil?

Trouble in paradise for the bankers
Friday, May 5, 2017, 2:32 PM

We're at the point where those at the apex of power are becoming increasingly desperate to maintain their unfair advantage.

And as the economic pie refuses to grow due to the twin overload of too much debt and declining net energy, these apex predators will turn on each other -- first to maintain their spoils, and then simply to survive. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: Beware The Misbehavior Of Markets

They aren't as predictable as we think
Monday, September 7, 2015, 10:31 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Manipulated Markets
    • How the Fed uses stocks as a signaling device
  • House Of Cards
    • Why the system is more vulnerable than ever
  • The Machines Are In Control
    • Which works well until it doesn't
  • Beware The Misbehavior Of Markets
    • They are not as predictable as we think