Market Structure Insights

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April 6, 2022

Cathie Wood says don’t do it. Raise interest rates, that is.  The founder of Ark Investment Management and guru to retail traders of Tech stocks says the Federal Reserve is playing with fire. Why?  Because growth is fragile and consumer confidence is woeful.  Hike rates,...

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March 30, 2022

This is weird.  I’m traveling to an actual business meeting, by aircraft, and I intend to wear a suit. There are many things in our society that I had considered weird but these two were not among them.  It’s pretty weird seeing Will Smith slap...

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March 23, 2022

What’s 218 pages and heavily footnoted?  No, not an Act of Congress. Federal laws are ten times longer or treated as unserious. It’s the new SEC proposed short-sale rule. I admit, I was excited. As the sort who read Tolstoy’s War and Peace in high...

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March 16, 2022

Shocking. No other word for it. Yesterday as VIX volatility futures settled on an odd Tuesday, Barclays suspended two of the market’s biggest Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs), VXX and OIL. Let me explain what it means and why it’s a colossal market-structure deal. VXX is...

Eyes Wide Open
March 9, 2022

Here’s my grand unified theory on the world. We stopped following the rules. Not that humans don’t color outside the lines routinely. But in the last two years we jettisoned restraint. That gave rise to chaos in the stock market, imperialism in Ukraine. Here’s what...

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March 2, 2022

The stock market last week posted its best day since 2020 and gave it back. Why? And why does your stock rise while another falls, and how do stocks trade today? I’m glad you asked! A week ago on Feb 23, the market moved clear...

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