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CYNK Short Squeeze Scam Costs Trader His Job

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"My 10-year-old knew it was a scam. It was a complete joke," rages Tom Laresca - a market-maker at Buckman Buckman & Reid - who sold "pure madness" stock CYNK Technology short at $6 last week. Laresca assumed (reasonably so) that the SEC would suspend trading, sending the price towards zero. Despite Zero Hedge's initial exposure of this farce to the world (and the rest of the mainstream media's attention following), the SEC was slow and CYNK soared to $16, squeezing Laresca and forcing his firm to cut off his ability to hold positions - he plans to resign today. "I wish people would just not trade the stupid things."


As Bloomberg reports, a Wall Street trader said Cynk Technology Corp.’s (CYNK) 36,000 percent stock surge cost him his job, and he blames a short squeeze and regulators who didn’t halt the shares before the company’s value shot past $6 billion.

“The stock looked worthless, if there’s even a company behind it,” Laresca said. “My 10-year-old knew it was a scam. It was a complete joke.”


He sold it short last week around $6 -- which means selling stock you don’t own with a plan to buy it cheaper soon, pocketing the difference. Laresca figured the Securities and Exchange Commission would suspend trading, sending the price toward zero.

Instead of falling, the share price more than doubled the next day, July 9, starting the squeeze. Market-makers who had sold the stock short got nervous and scrambled to buy stock to close their positions, driving it even higher, Laresca said.

“If you’re short, you have to buy it within five days,” Laresca said of market-making rules. “That’s what was driving the stock higher.”

The SEC stopped trading two days later, citing concerns about the accuracy of information in the marketplace and “potentially manipulative transactions.”


That was too late, Laresca said, and slammed the SEC...

When it goes from 6 cents to $16 and you haven’t done anything about it, I’m sorry but you fell asleep at the wheel,” he said. “Everybody knew it. How come they didn’t know it?


While Cynk’s $6 billion paper valuation was unusual, spikes and crashes are common in the over-the-counter markets where it traded. Regulators bust alleged pump-and-dump scams there regularly. Many involve defunct companies, or shells, with shares that still trade. The SEC has suspended trading in at least 255 shells this year.


“You lure other people into the marketplace, whether they believe it’s legit or they’re just along for the pump and believe they can get out before the dump,” Sporkin said. “It’s like a big game.”

The end result of this farce... more unemployment...

Laresca said that his firm cut off his ability to hold positions after the Cynk fiasco and that he plans to resign today. He declined to say what the trades cost.

OTC Markets Group Inc., which runs the trading venue once known as the pink sheets, marks questionable stocks on its website to warn investors. It branded Cynk with a skull and crossbones. Cromwell Coulson, the trading venue’s chief executive officer, who predicted the SEC suspension, said the agency will eventually figure out what happened with Cynk.

I wish people would just not trade the stupid things,” he said.

It's not just Laresca who has a major problem, as we noted previously - cost of carry on the short is adding up all the time CYNK is halted...

Case in point, this sad individual who on that bulletin board of epic retail investor comedy, Yahoo Finance, has explained their problem: it appears some brokers actually did allow shorting of CYNK, at a cost. A rather high and recurring cost it would appear.




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But all the other momo stocks trading at triple-digit P/Es are not stupid...? Or are they - according to Yellen?


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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:39 | 4959691 TeamDepends
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"I just wish people would not trade the stupid things".  Like debt-backed fiat paper?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:41 | 4959697 gh0atrider
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Don't try and short stupidity in a stupid world.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:46 | 4959727 NoDebt
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Being early is the same as being wrong.  Sorry, punk.  You knew what you were doing.  You just overestimated the SEC.  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:59 | 4959759 gh0atrider
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Yes, this guy said he wishes people wouldn't trade the stupid things but he went short?  So he was trading them.  Basically, he thought he could still walk into this casino and come out a winner.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:34 | 4959890 CrazyCooter
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I bet Chelsea Clinton's hedge fund hubby made a bundle. This guys problem is that he isn't an insider.




Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:45 | 4959946 cifo
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I bet the SEC made some nice money on this one.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:13 | 4960090 Pool Shark
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Aaaaand,... that's what happens sometimes when you're picking up nickles in front of a steamroller...



Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4960116 So Close
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Usually in the first chapter of every trader's auto biography I have ever read.   There ability to remain stupid can extend beyond your ability to stay liquid.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:27 | 4960166 Say What Again
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I have a general question...  Does Reg SHO apply to OTC (a.k.a. Pink Shit) stocks?

Didn't this guy have to do the usual "Locate" before shorting?  What broker would give the OK to short after trying to do a Locate on this stock?

What about FTD for this shit?

Regulation SHO was announced by the SEC in July 2004. The rule includes a uniform "locate" requirement for short sales in all equity securities and a requirement for the firms to document what they have done to locate the securities. Regardless of whether the seller’s short position may be closed out by purchasing securities the same day, firms will need to document that they have borrowed or arranged to borrow the stock, or they have reasonable grounds to believe they can borrow the stock and deliver on delivery date.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:31 | 4960189 0b1knob
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He who sells what isn't his'n.

Pays the price or goes to prison.



Attributed to Jon Corzine.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:39 | 4960210 Say What Again
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I think I've found a pattern here.  Beware of any stock that rhymes with "SINK."

For example; SYNK was at $18 in July of 2013, and is now trading around $2.50

That was easy.

p.s. OB1; Are you suggesting that shorting should be made illegal?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:43 | 4960595 deflator
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The low volumes despite parabolic increases scared me away... Usually the pumpers dump keeping a lid on parabolic spikes similar to what was seen here.. If you bought a million shares of sink at .01 would you not be selling way before it got to 6B market cap?


 I'm thinking that the guy that owned millions of shares of cynk was asleep at the wheel of his yacht and when he finally checked his ticker symbol and shit his pants the SEC halted trading as soon as he put his million share market sell order in.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:08 | 4960519 First There Is ...
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It absolutely applies. In a not so distant former life, I was a MM who sometimes picked up the occasional Bully (bulletin board) or Pink Sheet and traded it. Are they supposed to get locates? Yes or reasonably believe they can buy them back on the "open market". See the gaping, "I can drive a truck through this" intrepretation? "Well fuck yeah I can buy them back. I'll just take a few guys when it starts dumping and I'm flat - no problem" lol.  

Market makers are told on one hand they can naked short in order to add liquidity while on the other being told they need to get locates. One of the requisites of being a bona fide market maker is being on the bid or offer like 75% of the time. Well, who the fuck is going to be on the bid 75% of the time, particularly if they are sellers? Who's going to be offer 75% of the time if they got a VWAP buy order? It's a FUCKING JOKE with a capital J. My guess is our little Dago Friend just decided to get short thinking it would get halted intraday and he'd make out like a bandit. Do the math. Get short 50K, 100Kor 200K of this pig @ $6 and watch it run to $20 and you're starting to get in real trouble if your dad's not the boss. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:32 | 4960579 Say What Again
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Thank you for the info.

The other piece of data I find unusual about this story is the position size this guy took on relative to the number of outstanding shares.  That should have been a huge red flag.

What I've learned though the years is nothing matters more than the position size relative to account size and expected stop level / exit points.  PS is even more important than where you get in or out.

"Greed" is a double edge sword

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:48 | 4959960 Say What Again
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You should read the post more carefully.  It was Cromwell Coulson, the CEO for OTC Markets Group Inc., who said that -- Not Tom Laresca

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:14 | 4960097 cifo
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There is always a chance, if you are lucky. But you still have to play to win. This time he lost.

If he did not know the risk, then he is stupid.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:21 | 4960141 Say What Again
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Tom Laresca may or may not be stupid.  But, Tom did not make the comment regarding "stupid thangs"

One thing for sure, his timing was not optimal.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:33 | 4960191 cifo
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You, Sir, are a nice guy :)

I would marry you if you were a woman :)


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:36 | 4960203 cifo
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Very probably Tom Laresca is not stupid. If he was, he wouldn't be where he is.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:44 | 4960238 Dr_Dazed
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Wait a sec...  Hi's out of a job after having made a trade in an ill-liquid short which he cannot cover because it's no longer tradiong...Was this not stupid is as stupid does?  Just because someone is a "trader" don't imply smartness.  He's in a world of hurt.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:45 | 4960239 Dr_Dazed
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Wait a sec...  Hi's out of a job after having made a trade in an ill-liquid short which he cannot cover because it's no longer tradiong...Was this not stupid is as stupid does?  Just because someone is a "trader" don't imply smartness.  He's in a world of hurt.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:07 | 4960334 cynicalskeptic
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Counting on the SEC or ANY gov regulators to do their jobs sounds like a suicidal strategy to me....

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:36 | 4960394 Say What Again
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I agree.  In addition to counting on the SEC, bad timing and poor risk-management were Tom's biggest mistakes.

The Kelly Formula is not the best, but it is easy to calculate, and it would have limited Tom's position size. 

This is how traders blow up and wind up selling used cars.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:27 | 4959856 CrashisOptimistic
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How about this:


It is amazing how quickly Michael Lewis was ushered off the stage.  Too many jobs depend on the charade.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:07 | 4960076 cossack55
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Too true.


I would list the "stupid things" here, but I don't think my rheumatiz will allow me to type for 6 hours.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:43 | 4959709 john39
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that doesn't leave much...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4960115 CheapBastard
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How much did his 10-year-old gamble?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:53 | 4959749 Quinvarius
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It is only cool when a "market maker" invents more paper shares of a thing than exists and sells them in hopes of screwing the public.  When said market maker gets his ass reamed, then it is a travesty for the SEC to deal with.  The dude is a cry baby punk.  He should resign.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:22 | 4959828 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Stupid things are okay as long as they last a long time.

It's long-term con-artists pointing their fingers at short-term con-artists, because they don't want the sheep scared off before they sharpen their own sheers.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:25 | 4959849 Mercuryquicksilver
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"I wish people would just not trade the stupid things." Says the guy who traded the stupid thing.


Why is CYNK any different than BTC?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:49 | 4959963 Say What Again
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You should read the post more carefully.  It was Cromwell Coulson, the CEO for OTC Markets Group Inc., who said that -- Not Tom Laresca

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:19 | 4960380 gh0atrider
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Maybe because BTC is not a company dumbass?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:53 | 4960275 Grinder74
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So sue the SEC.  They happily sue anyone over the slight misplacement of a word in a footer.  Sue them for negligence and "market manipulation".

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:07 | 4961023 Buck Johnson
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He must have cost his firm alot of money for them to do what they did.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:41 | 4959694 LawsofPhysics
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But don't worry folks, none of these paper-pushers will go bankrupt or to prison.


(good thing he made more than enough to retire 1000x over...)


Full faith and credit...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:41 | 4959695 Xibalba
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When has the SEC, Justice Dept, or any other fake enforcement agency ever been 'awake at the wheel'? Just give me one instance.  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:43 | 4959706 camaro68ss
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Only when average joes try to scam the system?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:46 | 4959721 Xibalba
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LIke Abacus?  The bank that is, not the squid.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:47 | 4959726 Beam Me Up Scotty
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"How am I going to cover my short...Scott Trade charges 12% margin interest"

How about selling some of your profitable stocks and putting enough money into your account to cover the margin?   Or take the money out of your bank account earning .01% interest.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:45 | 4959717 Ms. Erable
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They wake up long enough to sue the playas after the fact so as to get their skim. All else is midget tranny porn.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:54 | 4960282 Grinder74
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When they can take individuals and small start-up firms for everything they're worth.  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:41 | 4959698 slaughterer
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I shorted CYNK from $18.50 to $20.50.  But I did not lose my job like this guy. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:14 | 4959812 SMG
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The real crime is the people who created this fraud of CYNK will get off scott free with billions of dollars.  All hail our Oligarchy.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:42 | 4959705 Sutton
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I see that Waddell and Reid is now Buckman, Buckman and Reid. They strike again.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:05 | 4959780 stacking12321
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waddell and rEEd, two e's.

close, though. you get the tungsten medal.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:44 | 4959707 ParkAveFlasher
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Let the buyer (or shorter) beware.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:43 | 4959711 frankTHE COIN
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Forget Teen Spirit. There's some Malfeasance in the Ether.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:58 | 4959755 Keyser
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Yeah, pump-and-dump greed ether...


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:44 | 4959713 Fuh Querada
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Why are all these ZH posts followed by photographs of women indulging in sexual foreplay?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:51 | 4959742 NoDebt
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Is that a serious problem for you?

And the ads are selected on-the-fly based on what Google (and probably the NSA) knows about you and your internet history.  So don't act like you've never seen anything like that before.  I get a lot of ads for incontenence and male pattern baldness products as well as snake oil cures for imaginary diseases.  They must know something about me that even I don't know.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:02 | 4959767 Fuh Querada
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I don't give a shit. It just makes halfway serious posts look ridiculous when ads as stupid as those follow some profound closing statement.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4959930 NotAMathWhiz
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What NoDebt is saying is that you're getting ads based on your browsing history.  If you don't want to see ads about sex then stop searching for it.

It always cracks me up when I hear people bitch about the ads they're getting.  Tells you alot about their interests.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:55 | 4960000 Say What Again
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That's why I routinely search for stupid shit, like


Country Music

Lawrence Welk

Deliverance movie trailers

Duck Dynasty

Accordion lessons

Tea Part Rules of Order

Vacations to Kansas

Tractor Pulling contests


...  You get the idea ...


Everyone should do this - and do it often



Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:20 | 4960137 CheapBastard
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I like my ads. I didn't know there were so many Kazhakstan women eligible for marriage, for example.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:30 | 4960180 Say What Again
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I was surprised to learn just how beautiful the women Krackastan really are

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:55 | 4960290 Grinder74
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And what's amazing is that they're apparently identical twins with the Single Women Over 50 too.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:58 | 4960020 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Or you could just use Firefox and run the Ghostery plugin that blocks all that stuff. You will be amazed at the difference, all those ads go away, and the page will go faster. It won't help you with the whole NSA thing, but it will allow you to surf all the donkey porn or incontenance products you want without being reminded of it every time you go to another page with google ads. It is also telling that if you run ghostery and pause blocking, zerohedge has more trackers than literally any other website I have been to.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:03 | 4960046 Say What Again
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I have one browser for myself,

and a different browser for my girlfriend.

Occasionally, I use her browser, just to see what "pops up."

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:28 | 4960176 iamrefreshed
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Works great for me, no ads at all. After all, who wants to see ads for "Used M-1's and surplus ammo" all day?!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:31 | 4960184 Say What Again
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This thread is getting funnier by the hour!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:26 | 4959853 robertocarlos
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I get ads for those incontinence pads you place on furniture. How do they know I bought a new couch?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:37 | 4959903 hobopants
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Lol, mine are "date arab women", "date asian women", "meet russian women", and "rich women standing by"! At least nothing like "find hot single guys today" has popped up... 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:57 | 4959754 Bastiat
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You must have a special browser.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:03 | 4959769 Fuh Querada
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safari on a tablet. adblocker works when logged in, not when logged out.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:43 | 4959715 crazybob369
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This stupid muddafuker is a trader and he really thinks the SEC is going to step in there to protect him and act in an efficient manner. This is too funny, I can't stop laughing.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:03 | 4960047 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Agreed. This guy tried to take advantage and make money of an obvious scam and pump and dump, and he expected the gubbermint to step in and protect his risky trades, allowing him to make money through govt protection. The moral equivalent of a bailout, covering his ass when he took too much risk, thinking he could dip his toe into the scam and come out with a bunch of free money. Sorry dumbass, looks like you aren't 'too big to fail'. Fuckin hilarious.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:44 | 4959716 Capitalist
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This guy did an Ackman. Betting the SEC comes in and saves his ass. Well he got his ass handed to him.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:45 | 4959718 ZDRuX
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This guy is fucking retarded on a whole new level..


1. Firs he trades it, while complaining he wished people didn't trade it.

2. Then he cries like a little girl, blaming his decisions on some government agency that didn't come in and prevent him from trading the stock...


Unbelievable that this is a grown man.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:47 | 4959730 Save_America1st
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he broke the main rule:  Everybody knows you never go full-retard...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:48 | 4959732 Eyeroller
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Following the example set by Teflon Barry.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:05 | 4960058 Say What Again
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Is an English speaking adult "retarded on a whole new level" if they can't parse a simple paragraph of English text?

You should read the post more carefully.  It was Cromwell Coulson, the CEO for OTC Markets Group Inc., who said that -- Not Tom Laresca

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:45 | 4959719 Save_America1st
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that's an all-time classic.  Is the pump and dump scammer who owns whatever the hell CYNK is/was (or isn't/never was) culpable at all in any kind of fraud or subject to any fines?  Or does he just close shop and move on to the next scam?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:09 | 4959790 t0mmyBerg
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People should go to prison for sure.  This is the same kind of bucket shop bullshit which was one of the main reasons for creating the SEC in the first place.  Jesse Livermore would have waited to short this flying pig though.  Too bad this guiy is not that good of a tape reader.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:46 | 4959722 MsCreant
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What is that they say about steam rollers and nickels?

It's all one big steam roller now.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:59 | 4959761 pods
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Wow, that was kind of scary.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:58 | 4960013 MsCreant
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Did you ever do that thing as a kid: "Jinks, 1, 2, 3, you owe me a coke"??

When you have said the same thing as another kid, in unison, the first one to say "Jinks" gets the other one to buy them a coke.

The fun happens when you are both trying to say the Jinks thing, at the same time, thus the need to keep saying it faster and faster, over and over.


I'm a big girl now, I'd like a glass of red wine, please... ;-) The high fructose corn stuff, well, you know.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:39 | 4961119 StychoKiller
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Hmm, try this:
or this: (you could try brewing yer own!)

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:46 | 4959725 pods
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Well, picking up pennies in front of a steamroller has its dangers.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:47 | 4959733 TabakLover
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But flash crash trades get cancelled.........the next day.  Uh-huh.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:48 | 4959734 Marco
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Oh he lost big in the casino, cry me a fucking river.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:49 | 4959736 Frostfan1
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I have no sympathy for any idiot that wanted to play one side or the other on this stock.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:14 | 4959814 SHEEPFUKKER

What happened to the fools that were long and the stock got halted? Same thing as cry baby Tom?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:18 | 4960127 hidingfromhelis
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Clown tries to participate in and benefit from a pump and dump scam.  Government agency doesn't take action to ensure clown benefits from said scam.  Clown blames govenment agency.  

If clown was part of a TBTF, there'd be a bailout.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:55 | 4960819 Christophe2
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What isn't shown is how TPTB's orchestrators likely took all the counter positions (billions of $' worth), and then directed the SEC to pick the right time for them to 'pull the plug', all done with heavy MSM coverage to max the take of fools like Tom.  I don't doubt Tom listened to many an MSM blowhard explain how the SEC 'normally deals' with penny stock scams.

At the very least, if you are going to trade, do it based on models that take into account the predatory nature of the markets, including the fact that organized crime controls the regulatory bodies (ie: there are endless highly sophisticated conspiracies to defraud).

This failed trader was trading based on very incorrect information regarding the true nature of the SEC and the markets themselves, so it's not surprising he lost his bet.  What a dummy - what a sheeple.

It's with examples like these that I am reminded of how useful it is to be a truther - it may be tough and isolating ('till you find other cool truthers in RL), but at least knowing more about the truth of our society and systems means getting scammed way less and adapting way better.  I love it!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:49 | 4959737 Yen Cross
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  I have ZERO sympathy for this guy. He's a professional, and as a professional, should know where and where-NOT to stick his trading dick. These guys are a large part of the problem with their wreckless "yield chasing" shenanigans.

  He should have payed the premium up front.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:59 | 4959765 Grande Tetons
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These guys are a large part of the problem with their wreckless "yield chasing" shenanigans.

Do you still think AUD has a date with 80? I do. It is a lot o role so I might take a date with CAD. Thoughts? 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:12 | 4959801 Yen Cross
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  Yes, but not until later this year.(need more Fed. rate jawboning) The usd/cad long could be a good play, especially with oil coming down. I don't trade it regularly though.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:15 | 4959817 swmnguy
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I'm with you.  This guy knows CYNK is a scam, so he's going to make money off the fact it's a scam.  Then when the scam isn't exposed fast enough, he loses his money, and now he's pissed?  Just like Bernie Madoff's "victims."  Everybody knew you don't make 25% a year, year after year, so Madoff was obviously running a scam.  They just all thought the scam was insider trading, so they thought they could be super-kewl insiders too and get a bunch of money. When it turned out that yes, Madoff was a scam, but instead of insider trading it was made-up nonexistent trading, then all of a sudden they're all defenseless widows and orphans who have been piteously victimized?  So Madoff's in prison until we're all driving our flying cars to our living pods at the bottom of the sea, but murderers and rapists get out in 20 years. 

When you know somebody is a motherf*cker, you have to expect him to f*ck his mom.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:02 | 4960036 MsCreant
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"When you know somebody is a motherf*cker, you have to expect him to f*ck his mom."

Until today, I never understood the origin of this term, just thought it was an incesty kinda thing or a man who has intercourse with mothers. Kinda obvious in retrospect. Thanks.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:50 | 4959740 Livermore Legend
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The SEC is supposed to Protect you from self-inflicted Stupidity and Greed ? 

You tried to make "Easy Money" Selling Short to another "Sucker", and it turns out you were the "Sucker"......

Obviously you don't know the first thing about Shorting, for if you did, you would have never touched it.....

That stock, and others like, are "Sucker" plays for BOTH Long and Short.....

Stop Whining.......

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:16 | 4959823 crazybob369
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If you don't recognize the "fish" at the poker table, then it's probably you.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:51 | 4959743 kchrisc
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He should have gone long corruption instead.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:51 | 4959744 Livermore Legend
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Yen Cross, Exactly......

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:51 | 4959746 SilverRhino
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Poor banker boy .... not.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:52 | 4959747 Brokenarrow
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this is no different than being short the sp 500. its a scam.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:53 | 4959750 redd_green
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What a bonehead!   He's a prop trader and he gets stuck shorting a pink sheet, for a non company, that shoots up 33,000%?   Why any sane person would short a pink sheet on that kind of volume...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:16 | 4959818 dracos_ghost
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When of course you could short NEWL on the NASDAQ at 10x the volume. Jeezuz, another EPIC fail by SEC.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:59 | 4959758 gdiamond22
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"I wish people would not trade the stupid things"

Then why the fuck are YOU trading it?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:58 | 4959760 Agent P
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I don't always make bad trades, but when I do, I blame the SEC.  Stay liquid my friend.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:04 | 4959775 davidalan1
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His name is Jonathan Goldsmith....the dos equis guy...dont ask me about his personality..knew him years back...

but your comment is pretty funny...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:02 | 4959770 Joebloinvestor
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I don't feel any sympathy for the trader for sure.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:04 | 4959773 Chuck Knoblauch
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Another banker suicide.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:07 | 4959786 Duffy Duck
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all equities are a scam these days.

It's the steroid era - the records mean nothing!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:07 | 4959788 BuddyEffed
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From "forcing his firm to cut off his ability to hold positions - he plans to resign today"

it looks like that one commenter here who lamented his short position now has ample grounds and public statements to pursue a lawsuit. But suspect he will be given his money back quickly so the point may be moot.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:09 | 4959792 SillySalesmanQu...
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He must have thought SEC stood for Shorting Excessively and Compulsively... 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:10 | 4959794 ThisIsBob
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Many a slip between the DP and the lip.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:10 | 4959795 Sam Spade
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Trading's so simple a 10-year old kid could do it...with about 20 years practice.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:11 | 4959797 juggalo1
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I blame Zerohedge.  In addition this should teach traders to hedge their risks.  After all: "the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."  Why anyone would commit appreciable capital to a position with potential infinite losses on an OTC scam stock is beyond me.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:12 | 4959804 economessed
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Dude, remember it's never a big deal when you're using other people's money.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:13 | 4959809 czarangelus
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Even shorting stupid things is deeply dangerous in the Shithawk Carnival.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:17 | 4959822 NoWayJose
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His biggest mistake was in assuming there were 'rules'...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:18 | 4959824 Ariadne
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Jump Motherfuckers! JUMP!!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:19 | 4959833 tucano
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Yeah, I think I speak for everyone here when I say that I don't feel a shred of sympathy for this fckin retard.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:22 | 4959840 robertocarlos
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But 12% of nothing is nothing so what's the problem?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:32 | 4959850 syntaxterror
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Doing 'God's Work' is never easy.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:29 | 4959866 orangedrinkandchips
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1.) Nelson: AH-HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3.) Dumb is as dumb does.


"NOT MY FAULT"- Dick(head) Fuld, AIG, GS, UBS, The Fed, Lehman, etc. etc. etc.

5.) REPEAT 4.

6.) "loving every minute of it (this)" Lover Boy

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:33 | 4959885 dognamedabu
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He should read this book to help him through it all:

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:33 | 4959888 Aaron Hillel
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Cynk is a yiddish word-concept originating from Polish, menaing roughly -One thief giving another an advice about a good hit-

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:41 | 4959924 steelhead23
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I keep imagining a sharp Romanian 14 yo, buying a million shares of CYNK at 0.06 on margin and dumping them at $15 - then buying an island.  In case you haven't figured this out yet - this ain't investing - it's gaming - best played with OPM.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:08 | 4959989 buzzsaw99
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Let me get this right. He knew it was a scam but shorted it anyway? LOLOLOLOLOLOL!


okay class, let's do a little brain teaser in case nobody was paying attention to the Laresca pain trade lesson from last week. let's say YOU KNEW that the fed would begin the largest bond buying program in the history of the world (aka QEinifinity) late in 2012 when the 10y was trading at 1.6%. Would you a) buy bonds or b) short bonds? (NO FAIR CHEATING BY LOOKING AT TODAY'S PRICES!!)

Okay, now here's a hard one. The fed says they are going to taper. Will that cause a) rising rates or b) falling rates?

That is all for now. Good luck!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:03 | 4960320 steelhead23
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I cheated and looked.  Recently issued 10Y are yielding 2.58%.  So, when the Fed announces it is going on a buying spree, prices drop?  OK, Buzzsaw, I took the bait, reel me in and tell me why supply and demand do not apply to the Fed.  Is it magic?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:51 | 4960617 buzzsaw99
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it is a common misconception that the fed cares about bond prices and the purpose of QE is to drive up bond prices in order to make stocks look attractive. they don't, and that supposed mechanism is a hoax. QE1 and QE2 hardly changed bond prices at all. The reaction to QE3 was an actual drop in bond prices. What they wanted was another speculative stock market rally. The only thing QE did/does is instill confidence for people to buy stocks. It is the only thing they ever cared about. Their feigned concern about price stability, unemployment, and all the rest is a ruse. There is no market, there never has been. The only difference between now and before now is that before now it was stealth qe. now it is blatant qe. it will go back to stealth qe soon enough. there is no market, there is only the fed. bond prices will magically follow the path they have since 1985. nothing in nature moves in a straight line so why have bond prices moved straight down for 30 years? the invisible hand.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:09 | 4960082 Hongcha
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Does anyone know how the guy on the island, the sole and only CYNK employee/owner, ran this spectacular scam?  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:19 | 4960133 Q-Q-Q
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If Goldmans were short CYNK to early the Fed would have cancelled their trade and they would have walked away

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:34 | 4960179 buzzsaw99
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do you have any grey poupon?

but of course!

the squid poops on everything!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:58 | 4960297 Emergency Ward
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That's the truest statement of the day.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:02 | 4960316 buzzsaw99
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seeing as how the sec WORKS FOR GS the trades would have been profitable

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:28 | 4960173 silverserfer
Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:45 | 4960225 Emergency Ward
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Is this guy going to sue the SEC now for his losses?

The smartest guys on earth...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:10 | 4960340 syntaxterror
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If you like your CYNK short positions, you can keep your CYNK short positions.


Well, at least for FIVE trading days!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:14 | 4960364 JLX
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Why on earth would someone naked short a non-reporting pink sheet company with volumes that thin?  The scammers were obviously trading a very limited number of shares with themselves (at leats at first); nearly all of the free trading shares were almost certainly sitting on paper in a box somewhere pending the scammers' decision to cash out.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:33 | 4961098 syntaxterror
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Why? Because they're as dumb as Brobama .

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:25 | 4960397 bluskyes
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sore loser

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:39 | 4960434 Rentier88
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"My 10-year-old knew it was a scam. It was a complete joke," rages Tom Laresca


And you Tom thought you could 'time' the market...and JU GOT OWNED!!! 


When it goes from 6 cents to $16 and you haven’t done anything about it, I’m sorry but you fell asleep at the wheel,” he said. “Everybody knew it. How come they didn’t know it?

 Hey, dumb dumb Tom you assume they didn't know it.  Maybe they knew it and intentionally let you and the rest of you ahole market-makers get fucked before stepping in!


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:45 | 4960472 Dr. Acula
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Why not invest in something safer like AMZN? 500+ P/E ratio.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:29 | 4960568 First There Is ...
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Couple of things....


This guy was likely pure prop. All he did was hurt himself and his firm. I hate Wall Street as much as the next (while ironically working on the Street msyelf) but to talk about these guys like they are hurting the general public is pure bullshit. Some guy jockeying a OTC Markets terminal is not doing extensive damage to all those po l'il retail investors you all seem to fancy being innocent and shit.

I've seen a few determined MMs (myself included) singelhandedly crush a promo (promotional pump and dump) and send it into a death spiral back to sub-penny. You wanna see how real money is made? Get short 5MM shares of a .75 pump and dump and watch it unravel to a dime within minutes. Get covered and you can literally make millions in a matter of SECONDS. I've seen it happen. Millions made in minutes. All they're doing is hastening the demise of a promo that was destined to go higher and bring in additional momo chasing dumb money. Telling me you wouldn't do the same? Bitch, please.....

I understand there is a lot of antipathy for traders and the Street, but most of these poor bastards trading prop don't make shit (despite what they'd have you believe) with $5K monthly Bloomberg terminal charges, rent and piss poor payouts, etc. Then add in Reg SHO which I mentioned in a previous thread and suddenly making money trading pure risk is a lot harder than most of you imagine. You get out a million or two, build a solid position then get the tap on the shoulder to sell it down/suck it in and take a loss only to watch the position turn into a $50K winner minutes after you unloaded/bought your last round lot. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:47 | 4960614 Hongcha
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Although impressive as hell, it is not the $.06 to $18.50 run that is so interesting to me.

It's $.06 to say $2.50 back on June 17 on a couple 100k shares.  That's already a nice little taste. That's 30x and was anyone squawking about it then?


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:24 | 4960730 Catullus
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In my dark moments, this is how I imagine the CIA funds itself. It's nearly indistinguishable from a money laundering scheme.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:29 | 4960746 world_debt_slave
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imo, anyone trading in these rigged markets is stupid, but those in the know making out like bandits, that they are.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:19 | 4960906 macambaman
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He is a sorry looser.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:06 | 4961021 Paracelsus
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I remember years ago the VW stock thing in Europe.Still laugh about it.

Announce on a Friday afternoon that Audi has increased its holding from 40 to 70%.

Anyone with VW stock could have made a killing that weekend.

Looks rough for Portugal.Can't see how the Deutsche bank will be able to cover this one.

Who has the other side of this Espiritu Santo CDS?

This reminds me of 2008 where they said "Bear Stearns? All's great! No dramas!".

"Lehman Bros? No problem!".....yada,yada,yada..... 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:34 | 4961104 syntaxterror
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But everyone gets a bailout, bail-in, or bonus now. EVERYONE.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:46 | 4962767 chinaboy
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Traders beware, short trades must be handled like anthrax, locked in a freezer, stored in an area where no one should have access. 

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