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Elon Musk Thinks Index Funds And Short Sellers Are Colluding

If you thought Elon Musk (or as we like to call him in these quarters “Elon da Vinci”) was a dead man walking, you were wrong. Like Wile E. Coyote in the Road Runner cartoon, Musk can fall a thousand times off a thousand cliffs and never die. After Tweeting that Tesla (TSLA) had funding …

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Is Style Drift Increasing Your Financial Risk?

Do you own mutual funds? If you do, there’s a hidden trap called “style drift” that could be increasing the risk of your investment portfolio. How does style drift happen? Style drift occurs when the fund’s portfolio manager begins to deviate from the fund’s investment objective. For example, a mutual fund that is labeled and categorized as …

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Do Regulators Encourage Market Manipulation?

The latest episode of stock market cheating by high-frequency traders (HFT) has set in, yet unanswered questions remain. Do regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) encourage market manipulation? Manipulation refers to the dishonest activity by individuals or institutions who try to game the price of a stock (NYSEARCA:IVV) or a certain market for their …

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43 Questions for Regulators about High-Frequency Trading

Note to the reader: “High-frequency trading” also known as “HFT” is done by firms established for sole purpose of gaining an unfair advantage over other stock market participants. Please keep that in mind as you read on. Why has the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed to abolish HFT? Wasn’t the 60 Minutes report about …

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4 Bold-Faced Lies about High Frequency Trading

FULL DISCLOSURE: I was once in the camp of high-frequency trading (HFT) supporters. But that changed on May 6, 2010 after the U.S stock market’s “Flash Crash.” After studying the arguments and facts, I’ve now come to realize the existence of HFTs is unlawful and is a direct threat to the fairness and stability of …

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Are Corporate Earnings Being Gamed?

Are corporate earnings really as great as the executives at the helm and Wall Street want us to believe? Over 70% of S&P 500 (^GSPC) companies that have already reported beat analysts’ earnings estimates during the fourth quarter. Furthermore, 66% reported higher sales revenue, which is above four year averages, according to FactSet.  Equity permabulls …

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