Market Structure Insights

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October 4, 2023

Former SEC chair Mary Jo White once said in a speech, “The stock market exists for investors and issuers, and their interests must be paramount.” It’s a view widely intoned by regulators and on Capitol Hill where there is now no speaker in the House...

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September 27, 2023

Why is there a 100% spread between SPY and stocks? SPY is the State Street S&P Depository Receipt, called a “spider” for the acronym SPDR, tracking S&P 500 stocks.  It’s an exchange-traded fund (ETF). The term depository receipt reflects the roots of ETFs at State...

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September 20, 2023

You’ve heard the joke about economists?  You know they’ve got a sense of humor because they use decimal points. The same can be said of market structure, but let’s spotlight only economics today, since there’s a Federal Reserve press conference. That way we leave something...

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September 13, 2023

Trend-following works only if the trend holds.  Trends are core to technical analysis, the dark art of studying stock charts to divine whether prices will rise or fall. Admittedly, I have poked fun at technical analysis, including in the title of my presentation for Interactive...

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September 6, 2023

Everybody else is seeing Barbie and Oppenheimer and we’re just getting around to Avatar: The Way of Water. The sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar has made over $2 billion at the box office, equal to NVDA Q1 2023 net income. I don’t remember...

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August 30, 2023

What if the stock market has tides like the sea?  I’ll give you some data – as is my custom.  In the past six years, the tides of the stock market have been all the way out – low tide – 29 times. It’s the...

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