August 31, 2015
What we’re reading this week
High Frequency Trading
High frequency trading firms posted record profits on Monday. Said one firm, “We were catching those falling knives.” They were so happy no one had the heart to tell him that isn’t what that saying means.
Everything You Need to Worry About
Josh Brown clues us in to everything we need to worry about. Almost everything…
A lot of investors are worried about bond liquidity. Lots of advisors are too. What’s interesting is that we saw that problem with equity markets on Monday, not bonds.
The Market was too Bubbly
Neil Irwin from the New York Times said, “If you step back just a bit, what has happened in financial markets this week looks less like a catastrophe in the making and more like a much-needed breather when various markets had been starting to look a little bubbly.” I guess we owe the market a thank you…for giving us a “breather”…from making money?
China was too Bubbly
Chinese metals exchange, Fanya Metals, stopped making payments on its investment instruments in July. Investors waited outside a luxury hotel and abducted the firm’s founder when he checked out. They handed him over to the police where he was released without charges. I have assume he used that classic Neil Irwin line, “If you step back just a bit, what has happened in financial markets this week looks less like a catastrophe in the making and more like a much-needed breather…”
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