Tag Archives: trading

  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 10/11 – GW Report Falls Short Of Honest Truth, Alexa, Should We Trust You?

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, October 11, 2018, 1:43 PM

    • The World Is Quietly Decoupling From The U.S. – And No One Is Paying Attention
    • Chretien calls U.S. president 'unspeakable'
    • Alexa, Should We Trust You?
    • The Distortions of Doom Part 2: The Fatal Flaws of Reserve Currencies
    • UK Issues First Ever 'Unexplained Wealth Order'
    • Sears is in trouble: What shoppers should do if the company files for bankruptcy
    • Wells Fargo customers are fed up. They could yank billions of dollars in deposits 
    • This $69B Deal May Reshape Health Care as We Know It
    • Elderly Chinese Army Veterans Stage Massive Protest Against Police Beatings
    • South Africa’s Zulu Nation Joins White Farmers To Protest Government Land Seizures
    • The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains
    • Trump Insiders Ramp Up Rhetoric Against Russian Energy
    • Dyer: Global warming report falls short of honest truth
    • Climate change is making monster hurricanes like Michael harder to forecast
    • Yellowstone geyser erupts, vomiting decades worth of trash across park
    • How Feedback Loops Are Driving Runaway Climate Change
    • Trump Administration Waives Environmental Laws for Texas Border Wall
    • The Amazon used to be a hedge against climate change. Those days may be over.

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  • Blog
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    Banks Are Evil

    It's time to get painfully honest about this.
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12:05 AM


    I don’t talk to my classmates from business school anymore, many of whom went to work in the financial industry.


    Because, through the lens we use here at PeakProsperity.com to look at the world, I’ve increasingly come to see the financial industry — with the big banks at its core — as the root cause of injustice in today’s society. I can no longer separate any personal affections I might have for my fellow alumni from the evil that their companies perpetrate.

    And I’m choosing that word deliberately: Evil.

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  • Insider

    The Signals That Will Tell Us A Stock Market Reversal Is Imminent

    The "Get out now!" warning signs
    by charleshughsmith

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2:38 PM


    Executive Summary

    • Understanding the importance of the 'Smith Market Uncertainty Principle'
    • Technical analysis techniques for identifying the arrival of a market reversal
      • Bollinger bands
      • volatility
      • moving averages
    • Using the above indicators to know when to sell

    If you have not yet read The Approaching Inevitable Market Reversal, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, we reviewed the case for the Fed-enforced New Normal of “no more downturns” and the case for a trend reversal in the stock market.

    In this Part 2, we consider signs that a trend reversal has taken hold.

    The Mechanics of Manipulation

    Let’s briefly review the mechanics of stock market manipulation.  It’s easiest to manipulate a low-volatility, low-volume market, as low volatility (i.e. complacency) lowers the risk premium in index options, and a low-volume market is influenced by the purchase of relatively modest blocks of index options.  As a result, the Fed or its proxies can prop up the markets with large purchases of index options that cost very little in comparison to the overall size of the market.  (Recall each option leverages 100 shares of the index or stock.)

    The other way to manipulate the market is to intervene at the critical technical levels that money managers and trading computers are watching.  Every well-known technical system has been programmed into the trading bots, the majority of which appear to be trend-followers: if the market reverses at key technical levels (due to massive blocks of index options buying, for example), then the bots start buying the uptrend.

    Since the vast majority of trading is now done by machines, this greatly simplifies the process of manipulation:  the manipulator need only defend key technical levels with mass purchases of leveraged index options and the trading bots will jump in and buy the uptick.

    Experienced traders have seen this sort of activity countless times in the past five years. It has become predictable that…

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  • Podcast

    Joe Saluzzi: HFT Parasites are Killing the Market Host

    Our exchanges are infested
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, July 2, 2012, 4:05 PM


    Joe Saluzzi, expert on algorithmic trading — also known as high-frequency trading, or HFT — returns as a guest this week to explain how the players behind this machine-driven process act as parasites that are destroying our financial markets (and, increasingly, even themselves).

    Since Joe first spoke with us last year, HFT firms have only increased in size and share of market activity. Here are some staggering statistics on how influential they have become:

    • HTFs make up between 50-70% of the volume seen across market exchanges today.
    • 2% of the traders on many exchanges (HFTs, specifically) represent 80% of the volume.
    • A single large HFT firm (referred to as a Direct Market Maker) can account for 10%+ of a market's volume on a given day
    • Large HFT firms make between $8 to $21 billion a year.
    • HFT trades occur in milliseconds (i.e., a small fraction of the time it takes your eye to blink).

    With such scale, speed, and profitability, HFTs have turned the market away from being an efficient price-setting mechanism and perverted it into a casino where the clientele of human investors gets fleeced.

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  • Blog

    Straight Talk with Jesse: Concentration of Wealth & Power Is the Root Problem

    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, March 28, 2011, 10:30 PM


    “Straight Talk” features thinking from notable minds that the ChrisMartenson.com audience has indicated it wants to learn more about. Readers submit the questions they want addressed and our guests take their best crack at answering. The comments and opinions expressed by our guests are their own.

    This week’s Straight Talk contributor is ‘Jesse’, founder and proprieter of Jesse’s Café Américain (jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com), one of the more esteemed and veteran econoblogs. Jesse publishes regular observations on the macroeconomic factors impacting the financial markets, as well as exceptionally rich technical analysis – his price forecast charts of gold and silver are ‘must reads’ for anyone who seriously invests or trades precious metals. Recently, his site was rated as the fourth-most-influential blog in financial media by Mindful Money.

    1. Jesse’s Café Américain has emerged as a well-regarded source for insight into the key indicators driving the markets. Can you summarize your overall outlook for the economy and what macro trends investors and traders should be following most closely?

    Stagflation has been my forecast for quite some time as the most likely outcome, with a real protracted deflation or hyperinflation as lesser probabilities.  

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  • Blog

    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


    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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  • Blog

    Daily Digest – September 19

    by Davos

    Saturday, September 19, 2009, 2:25 PM

    • Now, Where’s the Market Headed? (Chart)
    • Fantastic Meltdown Slide Show (H/T Dogs)
    • Wells Fargo Executives, Nothing but the Best (H/T Cat, Possible Repost, Video)
    • So Much For High Frequency Trading
    • Where are the Sailboats?
    • I Pledge Allegiance to the Debt (Seen on The Coming Depression blog)
    • Iowa Attorney General: “Option ARMs are about to explode”
    • Congressman Grayson: Fed Secretly “Stuffed” $500 Billion into “Foreign Private Pockets” and Gave $230 Billion to Citi “As a Secret Bailout”  (H/T Jeff Borsuk)
    • Enron Accounting and not by Arthur Anderson
    • Garbage In & the Good Get Out
    • There is a God: More Cable Bandwidth for Bloggers

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  • Blog

    Goldman Sachs’ Incredible Trading Returns are Literally Unbelievable

    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 2:49 PM


    A long while ago (September 2008), I wrote an article entitled " The Greatest Looting Operation in History"  and followed it up with another entitled "America is Being Looted."

    What shocked me at the time was how brazen the perpetrators were being in their efforts, almost as if they had no fear of being exposed or being asked any hard questions.

    In an article that came out today, this was confirmed to an extraordinary degree.

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  • Blog

    Daily Digest – July 27

    by Davos

    Monday, July 27, 2009, 2:51 PM

    • Congressman Grayson Interview (Audio)
    • Six Georgia Bank Failures, US Tally 64 for 2009
    • Hugh Hendry: China – The Emperor has no clothes (Video on page)
    • Uncle Buck (Chart)
    • Cash for Trash, Transparency & Accounting (Video)
    • High Frequency Trading (Video)
    • "Obscure" Websites Now Have the Best Info (White Paper)
    • The 2000s depression in one picture (Chart, H/T Russel)
    • A Tale of Two Depressions (H/T Russel)
    • British economic collapse rivals Great Depression (H/T Russel)

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