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  • Podcast

    Grant Williams: The Rising Danger Of A Bidless Market

    We risk a future of flash crashes as liquidity dries up
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, July 17, 2016, 4:18 PM

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    Grant Williams, veteran portfolio and strategy advisor, as well as proprietor of the economic blog Things That Make You Go Hmmm returns to the podcast this week to discuss his great concern about the liquidity risk underlying financial markets long-addicted to central bank rescue stimulus.

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    Joe Saluzzi: Broken Markets

    HFT, inept regulators & Fed distortion = more flash crashes
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, May 3, 2015, 8:58 PM

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    As luck would have it, we had Joe Saluzzi lined up to record a podcast the day the news broke recently that the suspected culprit for the 2010 flash crash, Navinder Singh Sarao, had been arrested.

    In this discussion, Joe shares his suspicions about Sarao (a contributor to the crash, but highly unlikely to be the actual cause) and then provides his expert assessment of what has been done in the intervening years since the flash crash to safeguard the market against a similar failure (precious little). In his opinion, a winner-take-all high-tech arms race, clueless and toothless regulators, and central bank price distortion are conspiring to make us more vulnerable — not less — to another systemic breakdown.

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    For Heaven’s Sake: Hedge!

    If you're not positioned defensively by now, you're nuts
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, May 1, 2015, 2:58 AM

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    Last fall, I wrote an article titled Defying Gravity that warned of the absurd price levels that stocks and bonds had risen to. Less than a month later, the stock market abruptly dropped by 7%. Those who didn't seek safety in advance were left licking their wounds, panicked not knowing if the painful down-draft was over.

    So here we are roughly six months later, and the same warning bells are ringing — just louder this time.

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    Joe Saluzzi on High-Frequency Trading: The Equity Market Is Now Controlled By The Machines

    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, February 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

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    Joe Saluzzi, co-founder of Themis Trading LLC and outspoken exchange expert, is concerned with how high-frequency trading has brought the capital markets into uncharted – and dangerous – territory.

    “Things have changed,” he cautions. With 50-70% of all trades being conducted by algorithms at micro-second time intervals, real human traders are increasingly challenged to understand how our markets actually work. “No longer do the technical patterns – that have lasted for years and years, and are written about all over – work anymore.”

    In the following interview, Joe and Chris plunge into “dark pools” and other poorly-understood elements of our now-machine-dominated financial exchanges. The current system is fraught with risks of further “flash crash”-like disruptions, and at a fundmental level, feels a lot like sanctioned theft by the deep-pocketed institutions who can outspend on technology and speed. This is an important interview for anyone involved in trading (professionally or personally), as well as investors who want to know how today’s markets truly operate.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Joe Saluzzi:

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    In this podcast, Joe sheds light on why: 

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    Don’t Worry; They’ll Just Change the Rules

    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, January 13, 2011, 2:52 AM

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    To anyone paying the slightest bit of attention, these remain very uncertain and trying times. On one side of the intellectual divide are the folks who are counting on deflationary forces overwhelming the normal credit-operated machinery of modern life, resulting in an implosion of economic activity. On the other side are those counting on hyperinflation as the most likely outcome of the grand printing experiment currently being conducted across the globe with its epicenter located within the United States.

    In the middle of the intellectual divide are people like me, who are leaning slightly towards one view or the other. Not yet committed to any particular outcome, they are tensed and ready to spring in whichever direction necessary, like the last kids left standing in a game of dodge ball.

    Some are expecting an imminent recovery (whatever that means), some a long, slow grind downwards, and others a rapid, if not chaotic, plunge into new and unwelcome territory of one sort or another.

    There are no right or wrong views here. All sides are on equally firm intellectual standing. However, I want to let you know why it is that I lean towards the inflationary line a bit (okay, a lot, by some people’s standards) and why I think that a wide-scale, final fiscal collapse is in the cards.

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