The case of Flash Crash Trader

The technology may have advanced to HFT Trading, algorithmic trading but the rogue inside the human will always US Flash Crash Traderoverpower the technology.

Let’s try to understand the case of Navinder Singh Sarao , Has he became the scapegoat ?

According to the justice department Mr Sarao and his firm is guilty of Nav Sarao Futures, made £26m ($40m) illegally over five years.

He has been accused of using an “automated trading program” to manipulate markets, and contributing to the flash crash of 6 May 2010. On that day, the Dow Jones index lost 700 points in a matter of minutes – wiping about $800bn off the value of US shares – before recovering just as quickly. Continue reading “The case of Flash Crash Trader”

Structured Products Complexity & Greed

With the continuation of my last post  some book rules for investments  trying to reveal some of the structured products offered in the open economies of world amaze to see that more than 10 billions of structured products are sold every year :

  • Reverse convertibles : They are unsecured short-term notes that are linked to the price of an underlying stock (typically not the stock of the issuer). The security comes with a high coupon rate (from 7 to as much as 25 percent). At maturity, the investor will receive the interest payment plus either 100 percent of his original investment amount or a predetermined number of shares of the underlying stock.