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Blogger Backlash to the Backlash Begins

Blogger Backlash to the Backlash Begins

Let’s say that you’re a market commentator or financial blogger…

If earlier this year you predicted that unemployment would climb higher than 10% and that the market would be crushed, would you now be considered half-right or half-wrong by your followers? Will you be rewarded for nailing the unemployment number or hated for keeping readers out of the biggest market rebound of all time?

We’re starting to see the beginnings of the backlash against many financial bloggers, especially those of the gloom/ conspiratorial kind. Most of the hate is actually coming from other bloggers.

For all of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, we were being force fed troughs full of lies and obfuscation about what our true financial picture was and what was being done behind the scenes.  It was in this environment that many in the investor class turned to more, shall we say, alternative voices for a different take on the parade of financial meltdowns. 

Bloggers were no longer relaying the news, they were digging for the truth in the data and making the news.

Now, 7 months or so removed from the bottom for most financial assets, many are tired of the conspiracies, even if they contain some truth and even if they do constitute an incredibly unlevel playing field. The attitude is starting to shift more toward the traditional “Hey, I know these guys are stealing and screwing me and are pulling all the strings, but what the hell? I can make money in the market now, too, and what can I do about it anyway, might as well join the party.”

The Fly said recently that he hates these gloom bloggers, and if CNBC also hates financial bloggers, than by the transitive property, he must love CNBC.  He said it 20 times cooler than I could paraphrase, but I can totally relate to that notion

Sean O’Brien (Ex-Wirehouse), now writing at The Davian Letter, recently laid it out for the “tin foil hat and black helicopter crowd“:

It is with curious amusement that I have watched the explosion of the Govt/Fed/Vampire Squid conspiracy theory genre within the bloggeratti and the mainstream media. They all act as if they have just discovered something so secret and nefarious. They (and I


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Are Markets Being Manipulated?

Are Markets Being Manipulated?

Courtesy of Damien Hoffman at Wall St. Cheat Sheet

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Conspiracy theories are nearly as old as the first human thought. However, there is a valid demarcation between presenting a collection of compicated facts as opposed to connecting stars from across the Universe.

Bob English and his team at Precision Capital Management recently distributed a buzz-worthy report entitled, “A Grand Unified Theory of Market Manipulation.” With a healthy dose of skepticism and understanding that the “Invisible Hand” is actually semi-transparent, I asked Bob to put his theory on the anvil so we could see which quality sword emerges …

Damien Hoffman: Bob, your team recently released an interesting report entitled, “A Grand Unified Theory of Market Manipulation.” Could you summarize this report for us?

Bob English: There’s an episode of an American sit-com I remember seeing years ago that featured a kid played by Ricky Schroeder and a grandfather played by the inestimable John Houseman — who, interestingly was a grain speculator until the 1929 crash wiped him out.  They decided to corner the baseball card market for Tommy Lasorda cards by buying all they could, then planted rumors that he was a shoe-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The scheme worked at first as they were able to sell the cards for high prices that they could set.  They owned the supply and created artificial demand.  However, in the end, Tommy Lasorda dumped a carton of his own cards on the market, collapsing their prices.  As a side point, there never was a good explanation given why Lasorda did this.

Anyway, in the current situation, instead of baseball cards we have US Dollars, and the US government controls the supply.  If the government increases supply slowly and encourages demand, the Dollar’s price erodes over time but most people don’t notice.  The real threat is a Tommy Lasorda in the form of China or Japan coming in and dumping the cards (i.e., Dollars) onto the market at once.  Those Lasorda’s don’t want to do this, but there is a point that can be reached at which they would — for example, if they saw their investment in US Dollars about to become worthless and thus had little to lose.

At the same time, everyone has a vested interest in a rising stock market.  It…
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Goldman Sachs Posts Record Number Of $100 Million Days

Goldman Sachs Posts Record Number Of $100 Million Days (GS)

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We knew Goldman has an awesome quarter with respect to trading, but the steadiness of the bank’s profits in this area are something to behold.

Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. made more than $100 million in trading revenue on a record 46 separate days during the second quarter, or 71 percent of the time, breaking the previous high of 34 days in the prior three months. Trading losses occurred on two days during the months of April, May and June, down from eight in the first quarter, the New York-based bank said today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company made at least $50 million on 58 of the 65 trading days during the quarter, or 89 percent of the time.

Of course, conspiracy theorists will think this has something to do with them stealing money, or frontrunning or engaging in High-Frequency Trading. But they said yesterday that HFT-related gains accounted for just 1% of annual revenue (so about $500 million), which means there’s no way that can account for so many $100 million days.

That being said, nobody has offered an explanation of how they pull this off so steadily.

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Goldman: We Don’t Frontrun Our Clients, And HFT Is Negligible To Us

Goldman Sachs Nails The Oil Trade (GS)

Goldman’s Brand Is Officially Trashed (GS)

 

 

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Video: Inside America's Deadly Opioid Crisis

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Systemic risk is the risk that developments in the financial system will disrupt financial stability and the economy. While systemic risk has been a central concern since the Credit Crisis of 2007–2009, the history of finance shows that financial crises occur frequently and threats to financial stability are constant, requiring careful monitoring and management of systemic risk. In Understanding Systemic Risk in Global Financial Markets, Aron Gottesman and Michael Leibrock discuss the core principles and dynamics of systemic risk, as well as a real-world approach to managing it.

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'Dreamers' could give US economy - and even American workers - a boost

 

'Dreamers' could give US economy – and even American workers – a boost

Courtesy of Amy HsinCity University of New York

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are just the Beanie Babies of the moment

 

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are just the Beanie Babies of the moment

Courtesy of Vitaliy Katsenelson, Contrarian Edge

If you invested in the markets circa 1999, it is hard to observe the Bitcoin mania and not experience the feeling that you’ve seen this movie before and know how it will end – in losses and tears. The internet was a great idea that convinced a lot of great minds to invest capital and energy into businesses that have transformed the world – Amazon, eBay, Cisco, PayPal … the list is very long (though in fairness the list of non-survivors is even longer – but they are not here to remind us of their nonexistence).

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Short Covering Driving Gains in Semiconductors and Nasdaq 100

Courtesy of Declan.

The Nasdaq 100 breakout cleared channel resistance, the fifth significant breakout in four months. All technicals are posting new near-term highs which also meant the short generated on the tag of the rising channel is negated.


The Semiconductor Index also enjoyed a substantial breakout as short covering drove traders out of their positions. Technicals see an improvement with a relative gain against the Nasdaq 100.

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How Alzheimer's disease spreads throughout the brain - new study

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How Alzheimer's disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

Courtesy of Thomas E CopeUniversity of Cambridge

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Trump Admin Bans CDC From Using Words Like 'Science-Based,' 'Diversity'

By Jean-Luc

These are the policies of a theocracy, not a modern democracy:

Trump Admin Bans CDC From Using Words Like ‘Science-Based,’ ‘Diversity’

The Trump administration has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using words like “science-based,” “diversity,” and “transgender” in their official documents for next year’s budget, according to the Washington Post.

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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

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EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

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