We doubt that these old-school managers were truly better off in the pre-HFT world, but it's hard to prove either way. And if they're right, it may be only because HFTs have made the markets more efficient
2013 was a year of anticipation and perhaps disappointment. For those hoping the 2012 election would have settled some of the dysfunction in Washington, that did not happen. In fact, we doubled down on fights already settled as if there were no new business. Equity markets impressed, but few saw it as anything other than the hand of the Fed. Mercifully, the Fed signaled the beginning of the end of QE3 by year-end.
Mohamed El-Erian, widely viewed as the successor to Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Bill Gross, resigned after six years as the firm struggles to stem record redemptions from the world’s largest bond fund.
A claim that is sometimes made about Bitcoin is that it is a way to send money without incurring transaction fees. This strikes me as mostly false, but in an interesting way, and I had a fun conversation about it on Twitter today; let me share it with you.
Last week March 2014 coffee opened at $106.50, and after a rocket ride up on Tuesday closed the week at $115.25. What gave bulls the shot in the arm to do this? News last week was there could be a near-term squeeze in Robusta supply.
This past Thanksgiving trading week, the December 2013 E-mini S&P 500 opened at 1802 and closed at 1804. We could be seeing an early month correction along with end of the year profit-taking. December is the second best month for equity returns averaging an estimated 1.5%.