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Panic in the Real Economy

Monday, August 8, 2011


While we scrutinize the order flow and charts of various complex financial products, the Awl has a poignant reminder that n%...

Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Friday, April 18, 2008


The Dow rallied another 1.8% today; today, The New York Times reported that poor people in Haiti have resorted to eating mud. On good earnings news, Google jumped up 20% today. Today, mothers in Cité Soleil are giving away their children to anyone who will feed them: In Haiti, where three-quarters of the population earns less than $2 a day and one in five children is chronically malnourished, the one business booming amid all the gloom is the selling…

Three Reasons to Scrap GDP

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Make sure the fortune that you seek Is the fortune that you need. - Ben Harper, “Diamonds on the Inside” Typically, the biggest impact GDP has on the life of an options trader is the response of the markets to each new release of quarterly GDP estimates. But the whipsawing knee-jerk reactions of the markets to economic datapoints are immature and shallow, at best; traders who care only about the symbolic and immediately tradable impact of economic data are…


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


So, a year ago this editor from Forbes tried to go a week sans email, blackberry, and cellphone. He lasted 40 hours before breaking down in tears and demanding his phone back. It’s getting pretty common nowadays for people to say that we all spend too much time “plugged in” and not enough time in face-to-face interaction with other people, not enough time on “the things that matter,” etc. But just because everyone says something doesn’t mean it’s not…

Traders for Obama

Monday, February 4, 2008


People write in from time to time asking us not to make political comments. First of all, that’s kind of absurd: we’re not holding anyone’s nose to the computer screen. Second: if any time in history demanded political comment, it’s this one. When your country is decaying rapidly on every front – cultural, social, and economic – it’s irresponsible to pretend nothing is happening. Lastly: it’s interesting how the only people making this request seem to be hard-right neoliberal market…

Bonus Trade: Fearful Santa Followup

Thursday, December 20, 2007


This is a historical occasion: namely, it is the first time we’ve posted a separate followup to one of our bonus trades. Back on November 11, 2007, we posted the following position, which we dubbed the “Fearful Santa Iron Condor“: +1 Dec SPY 133 put -1 Dec SPY 135 put -1 Dec SPY 150 call +1 Dec SPY 152 call for an $0.86 credit. If you got in on that trade and if you were tough enough to…


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