Thursday, August 2, 2012

How the other 0.001% live

Glad to see $100Mil still gets you 9999 gold taps & fittings

Aug 1, 2012 by AssociatedPress

What will $100 million buy you in New York City's real estate market? Apparently, a really good view.

Death of the dollar: John Butler talks to Alasdair Macleod

Aug 1, 2012 by GoldMoneyNews

John Butler, Chief Investment Officer at Amphora Commodities Alpha and publisher of The Amphora Report, talks to GoldMoney's Alasdair Macleod about how America's debt problem and political gridlock in Washington are risking the death of the dollar's reserve currency status, and potentially leading the country on the road to a serious inflationary crisis.

Ron Paul on The Fed and Easy Ben

Loved these comments that accompanied the video on youtube:

Ron Paul is right, the Constitution gives only congress authority over money, and only using gold and silver at that. Just think how much our currency would be worth if it still was tied to gold and silver.

That's presidential candidate Ron Paul to you...

Power crisis grips India

But think of the CO2 they saved.

Aug 1, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews

20 states in northern and eastern India were deeply affected as power failures hit the country.

Peter Schiff on FOX Business News 7/30/12

Julian Phillips - QE, The EU and a change of mood in gold


I've noticed a very significant change in mood in the market. Some markets suddenly want to see good news and they don't react to bad news anymore and sometimes it's the other way around. Well I've noticed now that the gold market wants to react to news that will send it higher and is no longer acting to news that pushes it lower. It's had such a long time at building this huge support between the current price and $1500 that its almost bedrock. So I expect to see prices move forward. If the quiet season comes to an end mid-August, late-August, then traditional demands come in for the festive seasons and India and the developed world, I see demand rising. So I see prices steadily moving up towards the year end and then its met by this new force that comes into the market. So I'm extremely positive - I'm always hesitant to give a price because it implies that currencies have a value in themselves, but I think the gold price will reflect the decay of currency values...

Listen to the interview here

Capital Account - Peter Tchir on the ECB's Printers, LIBOR Litigation and the German Tipping Point

Aug 1, 2012 by CapitalAccount

Global Elite Hiding Up to $32 Trillion in Offshore Accounts

A new report reveals how wealthy individuals and their families have between $21 and $32 trillion of hidden financial assets around the world in what are known as offshore accounts or tax havens. The actual sums could be higher because the study only deals with financial wealth deposited in bank and investment accounts, and not other assets such as property and yachts. The inquiry was commissioned by the Tax Justice Network and is being touted as the most comprehensive report ever on the "offshore economy." It also finds that private banks are deeply involved in running offshore havens, with UBS, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs handling the most assets.

This Is What Happens When An HFT Algo Goes Totally Berserk

We all know something went horribly wrong in various NYSE-traded stocks today between 9:30 am and 10:15 am. So wrong in fact that the NYSE had to step in and cancel numerous trades in 6 symbols. However it did not DK millions of other trades in 134 other symbols, the vast majority of which we assume traded errantly due to the market making of Knight Capital (as admitted by the company), which today saw its biggest drop ever since going public on volume about 60 times greater than its average. We also all know that one should buy low and sell high. At least that is what human traders are taught, and that is what they attempt. Because if one consistently does the opposite, one will simply run out of money. Well, theopposite is precisely what the berserk algo in Knight's Market Making group may have done if Nanex, which has done a forensic analysis of one of the trades in question, is correct. In other words, instead of at least attempting to provide liquidity via limit trades, Knight's algorithm acted as a market order... gone horribly wrong. As the third chart below shows what the algo did with furious repetition and steadfast consistency was to buy at the offer, and sell at the bid, in other words buy high and sell low. Over and over and over and over. As Nanex laconically notes, "In the case of EXC, that means losing about 15 cents on every pair of trades. Do that 40 times a second, 2400 times a minute, and you now have a system that's very efficient at burning money." Which also means that by not DK'ing several hundred million prints, the NYSE may have just thrown Knight under the bus, because the market maker is suddenly on the hook for tens if not hundreds of millions in inverse market making profits.
Here we will assume that readers are sufficiently familiar with market structure to know that market makers only participate in the market in order to collect liquidity rebates, i.e., to be the limit on the bid which is hit, or the offer which is lifted. What Knight did was effectively the opposite, and it also collected the opposite of a rebate: i.e., it paid someone else for no reason at all... well technically to withdraw liquidity. However liquidity that led to creation of losses not profits.
Naturally, when the entire logic of trading was perverted courtesy of Knight's busted algo, everything went Bizarro Day, and stocks went higher, because they went higher, and the higher they went, the greater the incentive for the algo to keep pushing the stock higher. This explains not only the volume surge, but also the shocking price moves in some stocks such as China Cord Blood which exploded several hundred percent higher before someone had to finally step in. And what is most notable is that because there were neither fat finger trades, nor busted algos that took out the entire bid or offer stack in one trade, thus triggering circuit breakers, but a slow methodical bleed, there was no reason under the current SEC order cancellation methodology to bail out Knight and its berserk algorithm.
Simply said: today may be the single worst day in Knight's market making history. And sadly, as the NYSE already noted minutes before the market close, the decision to not cancel any more trades is "not subject to appeal."
From Nanex:
What really happened, or how to lose a ton of money, fast.
What follows should strike you as crazy. If it doesn't, read it again, because it is.
The following 3 charts plot non-ISO trades (regular trade condition) reported from NYSE in the stock of Exelon Corporation (symbol EXC). By plotting and connecting only regular trades from NYSE we get a clearer picture of the nature (some might say horror) of this event.
1. EXC One second interval chart. Circles are trades, the blue coloring is the NYSE bid and ask which is mostly covered by gray lines that connect the trades.
2. Zoom of above chart showing about 27 seconds of data. Now the gray lines connecting trades are more clearly visible. NYSE's bid/ask is the blue shaded area (the bid price is the bottom of the shading, and the ask is the top).
3. Zooming in to a 1 millisecond interval chart, we can see one second of data which shows 39 trades.
Note how the trade executions ping pong from bid to ask. As if someone is buying at the offer, then 10 ms later selling at the bid, and so forth. It turns out, the gray shading you see in the first chart of EXC is from this alternating between buying and selling. That's right, almost all these trades alternate between buying at the offer and selling at the bid, which means losing the difference in price. In the case of EXC, that means losing about 15 cents on every pair of trades. Do that 40 times a second, 2400 times a minute, and you now have a system that's very efficient at burning money.

WED 01 AUG 12 | 11:40 AM ET
CNBC's Bob Pisani and Art Cashin, of UBS, discuss unusual trading volume of a handful of stocks this morning at the NYSE.

Fed Disappointing Traders

Gold and Silver fall as Easy Ben disappoints

No QE3 for you!  Well not this month at least. As widely expected Ben Benanke has disappointed the markets by not announcing a further round of QE, aka monetary debasement. It seems the socialists in the US and world governments have reeeealy got to trash the world economy before Ben will ladle out some hot fiscal stimulus. Although that noted it would not be surprising if Ben goes easy in September to give a short term boost to the US economy so as to get Wall St's man back in for another 4 year term.

Charts from
Aug 1, 2012 by  

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to take further steps to stimulate growth if the job market doesn't show sustained improvement.