Weekly Bull/Bear Recap: July 25-29, 2011

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Sat, 07/30/2011 - 11:09 | 1507647 duncecap rack
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Bear . Congress seems to be deadlocked in debt ceiling talks.

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 11:12 | 1507656 qqqqtrader
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Truck Tonnage Report is up because they're delivering all those unemployment checks!

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 11:32 | 1507683 PaperBugsBurn
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Nah, truck tonnage is up because that top .01% is living high on the hog and maybe some exports.

I was reading a Krugman (Khazar) blog entry at the fascist NYTimes and the most recommended comment was, "Only stupid people buy gold".

Can't wait.

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 12:27 | 1507774 Grand Supercycle
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S&P500 monthly chart shows a series of broadening patterns - aka megaphone wedges.

The three broadening formations reveal an unstable market where buyers and sellers battle for control...

http://stockmarket618.wordpress.com

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 15:23 | 1508030 Use of Weapons
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Looks like many are de-stressing over the weekend.

When I saw this, I thought that the BoE was making a dramatic advert for ZH...

Physical catastrophes alert us to the costs of ignoring these events, of normalising deviance.  There is nothing normal about recent deviations in financial markets. The race to zero may have contributed to those abnormalities, adding liquidity during a monsoon and absorbing it during a drought. This fattens tail risk.  Understanding and correcting those tail events is a systemic issue.  It may call for new rules of the road for
trading.  Grit in the wheels, like grit on the roads, could help forestall the next crash.

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/speeches/2011/speech509.pdf

Turns out there's more interest here:

http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_algorithms_shape_our_world.html

And here:

  • 67 percent believe that rogue algorithms are inescapable. That number rises to as much as 78 percent in the US. Those who use third-party solutions to monitor their trade reconciliation process feel strongly about this, with 72 percent responding that rogue algorithms are unpreventable.
  • 51 percent believe compliance with reforms will provide a competitive advantage and 19 percent view it as a way to avoid litigation.
  • 60 percent of respondents in the UK believe that reforms are happening too quickly, compared to 46 percent in the US.
  • Those with third party transaction monitoring solutions worry less about the speed of reforms and are not as likely to feel the need for regulators to check all algorithms. They are also less likely to predict a decrease in trade volume as a result of shifting regulations

Those with bespoke monitoring systems are more likely to think that the volume of transactions will decrease as a direct result of new regulations. 45% report this, whereas just 32% of those using third party software say the same.

http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release=767029&id=418432&type=1&url=http%3a%2...

 

Fair warning to US peeps - your ISP is now (a hair bredth's away) legally bound to track you for 18 months (astute people will realise that the link provided has an interesting link within it - Africa has skipped the laptop entirely; statistically, certain parts of Africa have a higher #phone density / user than the West - partly due to cross network charges)

http://www.computerworlduganda.com/articles/2011/05/26/new-us-bill-requi...

A more reliable source, along with lots of information / links on staying under that radar, can be found here - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/07/house-committee-approves-bill-mand...

 

Note: those who are film buffs will know that Skynet struck after we tried to switch it off... and should realise that "the race to zero" is actually...

What is the concept behind the contest ?

The event involves contestants being given a sample set of malicious programs to modify and upload through the contest portal. The portal passes the modified samples through a number of antivirus engines and determines if the sample is a known threat. The first team or individual to pass their sample past all antivirus engines undetected wins that round. Each round increases in complexity as the contest progresses.

http://www.racetozero.net/concept.html

 

Meanwhile the hippies in San Fran business district make their own take on "The Race to Zero" (I presume to 0% carbon emissions, which is a scientifically impossible goal if you employ people who, like, breathe)

http://www.archdaily.com/151796/video-the-race-to-zero/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhgwGTvBLqE

 

So.. will HFTs, Hackers or Hippies win the race to zero?

 

 

 

 

(apologies to Tyler, who will know all of this already - he is well mentioned by Nanex, which is where the BoE speech caught my eye. I've also not done a search, so might be reposting links / story...)

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