“This is a financial revolution. . .” by Simon Black

Nothing infuriates the corruptocrats quite so much as when the plebs manage to turn the tables on them. From Simon Black at sovereignman.com:

At precisely 2:32pm Eastern time on May 6, 2010, the US stock market started to drop.

The decline was sudden, and vicious. Within minutes, more than $1 trillion of market capitalization had vanished, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing nearly 10% of its value.

This event became known as the ‘Flash Crash’. And early explanations pointed to the big investment banks and their high-tech trading algorithms, i.e. software that could buy and sell stocks without human involvement.

When the market started its decline that day, banks’ trading algorithms went haywire and started selling everything. This caused the market to decline even further, which triggered the algorithms to sell even more.

The humans were powerless to stop it. There were stories of panicked tech teams at investment banks frantically ripping cables out of the floor trying to shut down the machines.

But the selling went on for 36 minutes… during which time the banks and big funds racked up enormous losses.

For me, however, the Flash Crash was great. I was ‘short’ the stock market at the time, meaning I had bet that the market would decline.

And when the market dropped by more than 1,000 points, I happily cashed in.

But two days later I received an email from my broker explaining that they were CANCELING my trade.

The poor little investment banks had lost money because their fancy algorithms didn’t work. So the exchange was giving them a ‘do over’ at my expense.

Incredible. It hadn’t even been two years at that point since the banks had to be bailed out at taxpayer expense during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.

Then, 20 months later, the Flash Crash happened. And the banks were simply able to wipe all their losses away.

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3 responses to ““This is a financial revolution. . .” by Simon Black

  1. I was an effective gambler (horses). Then within a few months the means by which I was effective were dismantled. I immediately gave up against the 11th commandment – Thou shalt not win. It is not one game that is rigged – all games are rigged, including honestly making a living. When they find you can win – they change the rules or they change the game.


  2. Malcolm Reynolds

    “CANCELING my trade.”

    I can’t imagine you don’t have a case of fraud and theft.


    • Only if you’ve got the money and patience to pursue years of a legal case and then appeals, facing a well-financed opposition that will throw every conceivable roadblock in your way.


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