Citadel

"We’re Moving To Tackle Systemic Risk" - India Cracks Down On HFT Scourge

While the corrupt and criminal US regulators are unable to do anything to stifle the market domination of algos which have totally destroyed the US equity market, and sucked up enough liquidity where neither buy nor sellsiders can generate a profit, India is already well on its way to crushing the parasitic - and perfectly legal - frontrunners of virtually ever trade. It will do so by increasing penalties on high-speed trading firms that flood exchanges with orders that don’t result into actual transactions, as part of steps aimed at strengthening its oversight of computerized trading.

Is This Why Stocks Are Soaring - "We’ve Cast Our Long Positions Aside"

"In our retirement account here at TGL we have simplified our position taking in the equity market: we have only a position in derivatives on the short side, and although it is not a material position it is one-sided. We’ve cast our long positions aside. We’ve simplified; we’ve gotten smaller; but we are bearishly inclined, and we are intent upon adding to those bearishly inclined positions..."

"We Should Be Concerned" - Stock Buybacks Plunge Most Since 2009

After snapping up trillions of dollars of their own stock in a five-year shopping binge that dwarfed every other buyer, U.S. companies from Apple Inc. to IBM Corp. just put on the brakes. Announced repurchases dropped 38 percent to $244 billion in the last four months, the biggest decline since 2009, data compiled by Birinyi Associates and Bloomberg show. “If the only meaningful source of demand in the market is companies buying their own shares back, then what happens if that goes away?” asked Brad McMillan, CIO of Commonwealth “We should be concerned.”

What DOJ Probe: Citadel Acquires Electronic Trading Pioneer ATD To Cement HFT Dominance

Less than a week after Reuters broke the story that the Department of Justice is probing HFT powerhouse Citadel, which admits it executes 35% of all trades by retail investors in U.S.-listed stocks, whether it is also frontrunning those orders (an allegation that many are convinced is a rock-solid fact) we find that billionaire Ken Griffin is not at all concerned about the outcome of the investigation on his core business model and is instead expanding. Citadel is acquiring the equity-trading operations of Citigroup’s Automated Trading Desk division, one of the pioneers of high-frequency trading.

Hedge Fund Billionaire Spends $13 Million Supporing Ted Cruz, Then Immediately Flips To Hillary Clinton

Simons, a string theory expert and former cold war codebreaker, has made an estimated $15.5bn from Renaissance Technologies the mathematics-driven “quant” hedge fund he set up 34 years ago. The fund, which is run from the tiny Long Island village of Setauket where Simons owns a huge beachfront compound, has donated $13m to Cruz’s failed campaign. With Cruz out of the race, Renaissance has switched donations to Hillary Clinton, with more than $2m donated so far.

DOJ Probing Whether Citadel Is Frontrunning Its Clients

We were not surprised, though certainly delighted, to see that after years of railing against Citadel's dominant position at the intersection of HFT trading and retail orderflow - recently Citadel was found to be the largest private US trading venue - this morning Reuters reports that Federal authorities are investigating the market-making arms of Citadel LLC and KCG Holdings looking into the possibility that the two giants of electronic trading are giving small investors a poor deal when executing stock transactions on their behalf. In other words, the DOJ is looking into whether Citadel is frontrunning its clients, something we have claimed for years.

Frontrunning: April 26

  • The Fed Is Meeting in April to Talk About June (BBG)
  • Global stocks, oil prices climb as investors ready for Fed (Reuters)
  • Apple Results to Show How Far iPhone Sales Have Fallen  (BBG)
  • On Election Eve for five states, Trump rips Cruz and Kasich (Reuters)
  • President Xi Jinping’s Most Dangerous Venture Yet: Remaking China’s Military (WSJ)
  • Oil's Recovery Inches Higher as 'Fracklog' Awaits Price Trigger (BBG)

In Shocking Finding, The Bank Of Japan Is Now A Top 10 Holder In 90% Of Japanese Stocks

The latest shocking example of just how intertwined central banks have become in all capital markets, comes courtesy of the Bank of Japan which days ahead of a move which may see it double its ETF purchases from the current run rate of JPY3.3 trillion to JPY7 trillion or more (if Goldman is correct), is revealed to be a top 10 holder in about 90% of all Japanese stocks. Crazier still, if as Goldman predicts the BOJ doubles its purchases of ETFs, the central bank could become the No. 1 shareholder in about 40 of the Nikkei 225’s companies by the end of 2017,

April Cheers Bring May Tears - Something To Keep You Up At Night

"I’ve said it a thousand times, you can bend but cannot break natural laws.  And while technology and lack of broad participation in the markets can facilitate a bending of the natural laws at some point the fundamentals will release that grim swan upon the world.   And so if you are still buying into the idea that the worst is over and we are now bound for the next 7 year bull, let me give you something to think about as you lay in bed tonight."

Swiss National Bank Admits It Spent $470 Billion On Currency Manipulation Since 2010

Swiss policy makers rarely state outright that they’ve intervened, and analysts use data on sight deposits and foreign currency reserves to gauge the scope of the central bank’s actions. Breaking with the usual protocol, Jordan said in June the SNB had acted to stabilize the franc amid the Greek debt crisis. The bottom line: CHF86.1 billion spent on FX intervention in 2015 and a whopping $470 billion since 2010.

Citadel Down 8% In 2016 Due To Collapsing Liquidity, Forced Liquidations

Through march 11, or one month since the prior update, Citadel had lost another 1.5% and is now down 8% in its main hedge funds "as the $25 billion firm lost money in a unit that has helped drive profits in recent years." “Some managers were liquidating sizable portfolios in a short period of time into a market with challenging liquidity characteristics,” said Adam Blitz, chief investment officer at Evanston Capital Management. The sales were significant, he said, given the amount of leverage many of the firm firms use to amplify returns.