• Electronic Systems Do Fail
    Posted by on April 9th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday $CME’s electronic trading system shut down because of some glitch.  This happens from time to time in electronic systems.  No matter what programmers do, [...]

  • Does It Affect You? If You Believe in Free Market Capitalism It Does
    Posted by on April 1st, 2014 at 3:40 pm, Comments: 0

    Today on CNBC, a guest said HFT doesn’t affect long term investors.  He said that they should be “all in” when it comes to stocks [...]

  • Professor Says We Should Slow Down HFT
    Posted by on March 30th, 2014 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Professor Eric Budesh at the University of Chicago has run a study on high speed trading.  In the study, he found that HFT doesn’t add [...]

  • Why Do We Have Stock Buybacks?
    Posted by on March 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am, Comments: 0

    Last year, companies re-purchased stock in large numbers as reported in the Wall Street Journal.  It is not at the record 2007 pace, but the [...]

  • Who’s Looking Out for the Little Guy?
    Posted by on March 8th, 2014 at 8:03 am, Comments: 0

    Steve Zwick wrote a nice article in Futures Magazine.  Here is the link to the entire article.  I would suggest reading the whole thing.  It [...]

  • Should Your Startup Be A Corporation or LLC?
    Posted by on March 5th, 2014 at 8:04 am, Comments: 0

    One debate that startups constantly have is how to legally organize themselves.  The two basic types of legal entities are a corporate structure, or an [...]

  • Twitter and Blogs, Best Place for Investment Ideas
    Posted by on March 4th, 2014 at 8:37 am, Comments: 0

    Ironic.  Today I saw this story tweeted out; “Blogs, Twitter Becoming More Important Source Of Investment Ideas”.  Yesterday, I agreed to be a part of a [...]

  • The Mt. Gox BlowUp, and Predictable Responses
    Posted by on February 27th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    Been offline moving for a bit.  Finally got internet back.  In the ensuing day, the Mt. Gox exchange blew up.  This shouldn’t be a surprise. [...]

  • ICE Chief Takes Lead On Market Reform
    Posted by on February 24th, 2014 at 7:53 am, Comments: 0

    One of the reasons I started this blog in 2010 was because I thought that the general public was pretty misinformed when it came to [...]

  • What We Will See In The Future
    Posted by on February 20th, 2014 at 10:44 am, Comments: 0

    Been reading around the web about the WhatsApp purchase by Facebook.  WhatsApp had one investor, Sequoia.  The VC only owned 20% of the company based [...]

  • Getting Stock Market News Efficiently
    Posted by on February 19th, 2014 at 8:47 am, Comments: 0

    One of the tougher pain points when investing is trying to get and assemble news about single stocks you have money in.  When you are [...]

  • Can Bitcoin Lose to An Established Business?
    Posted by on February 13th, 2014 at 5:55 am, Comments: 0

    I have been writing about Bitcoin lately.  It’s been mostly optimistic writing, but it pays to look at the other side. My friend Andy Swan [...]

  • Is Bitcoin Deflationary? Inflationary?
    Posted by on February 9th, 2014 at 9:23 am, Comments: 0

    In the comments on one of the Bitcoin posts, someone posited that Bitcoin is deflationary. Other posts on Bitcoin that I have seen have said [...]

  • Bitcoin Criminals
    Posted by on February 6th, 2014 at 8:08 am, Comments: 0

    Publicity surrounding Bitcoin is good and bad.  Stories about people getting rich quick spur interest.  But, now we are seeing stories on government crackdowns since [...]

  • Bitcoin or Check? What Does a Merchant Prefer?
    Posted by on February 2nd, 2014 at 8:22 am, Comments: 0

    Back in the old days when it was impossible for regular people to get a credit card, people either payed for goods and services by [...]

  • What Happens in A Cash Transaction?
    Posted by on February 1st, 2014 at 10:17 am, Comments: 0

    There is an increasing amount of information on the web about Bitcoin.  Macro information, how it’s an online ledger, how it’s a platform, how it’s [...]

  • Does The Economy Need Risk?
    Posted by on January 22nd, 2014 at 8:21 am, Comments: 0

    For many people, “risk” is a four letter word.  People fear risk.  But assumption of risk can be beneficial for you.  A friend of mine [...]

  • Stock Exchanges are Ripe to Be Disrupted
    Posted by on January 19th, 2014 at 9:39 am, Comments: 0

    Tell me, why are stock exchanges still in business today? I honestly have no clue.  The only reason I can see is so media outlets [...]