5 Things To Ponder Over Thanksgiving

Submitted by Lance Roberts of STA Wealth Management, With the "inmates in charge of the asylum" during this holiday shortened trading week it seemed to be an apropriate opportunity to share a virtual cornucopia of topics to consider while enj… [...]

US Markets Thanksgiving Schedule

Do you have to VPN in to work today? Or, for the degenerate gamblers out there who just need to put that one trade on, when are your windows of opportunity? The following summary has the answers: Floor: CME/CBOT/NYMEX Closed Electronic: CME Globex -… [...]

Margin Debt Soars To New Record; Investor Net Worth Hits Record Low

The correlation between stock prices and margin debt continues to rise (to new records of exuberant "Fed's got our backs" hope) as NYSE member margin balances surge to new record highs. Relative to the NYSE Composite, this is the most &qu… [...]

BATS Breaks (Yet Again)

Is it just coincidence that Twitter is being Baumgartnered and both the NYSE (stock) and BATS (options) markets have now broken! This is just farcical now…     [...]

NYSE "Breaks" As Twitter Slumps To New Record Low

Even as the Dot-Com 2.0 exasperates to new highs, it seems Twitter – the darling of the no-profit-but-lots-of-hype recent IPOs – is losing its lustre. TWTR is down 4% today to new lows post-IPO under $40. The catalyst for this latest slump appears to b… [...]

Frontrunning: November 22

Wonder why: JPMorgan plans to keep pay roughly flat from last year (Reuters) – maybe this: Charles Schwab Warns “We Are In A Manipulated Market” Democrats overturn filibuster rule, increasing Obama‚Äôs power (FT) Day JFK Died We Traded Through Tears a… [...]

Maria Bartiromo Departing CNBC For Fox Business

Farewell Mareeaah. The Money Honey who epitomized CNBC in its high flying (pardon the pun) years when it was actually a source of useful information, has just marked the nadir of the TV station which in the past five years rebranded itself stock market… [...]

Frontrunning: November 18

What can possibly go wrong: Tepco Successfully Removes First Nuclear Fuel Rods at Fukushima (BBG) Japan’s Banks Find It Hard to Lend Easy Money (WSJ) U.S. Military Eyes Cut to Pay, Benefits (WSJ) Airbus to Boeing Cash In on Desert Outpost Made Field o… [...]

Spot The Striking Similarity

Spot the striking similarity. Below is the US Employment to Population ratio – a nearly perfect, multi-decade low flatline since Lehman…   … And compare it to the NYSE stock index divided by the Fed’s balance sheet: a nearly perfect, multi-de… [...]

S&P 1800 Or Bust As Futures Ramp Continues

The overnight global scramble to buy stocks, any stocks, anywhere, continued, with the Nikkei soaring higher by 2% as the USDJPY rose firmly over 100, to levels not seen since May as the previously reported speculation that more QE from the BOJ is just… [...]