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"NO BID" threat looming. When the computers stop trading...any tradable funds may drop to zero!
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 23992770:MV8yMDQ4NTczXzM0NDIzODM0XzhGOEZDNzEz] OP is right about this being the most serious threat to the whole system. People have been writing about it for a few years now. Its just like the supply chain system with supermarkets etc. The same principles really - in the name of efficiency all redundancies have been eliminated. This is super dooper when everything works 'as it should' but one tiny little spanner in the works and everything falls apart. With high velocity trading, ie. the computer driven trading that does millions of trades in a millisecond, the speed and severity of such crisis are magnified greatly. All it will take is something to spook the system. The collapse will happen so quickly that Bloomberg presenters will already be spewing out meaningless garbage about the past when the breaking news flashes up. [/quote]
The Greece emergency domino effect could be just around the corner...
According to rumors from the "pit", computer analogs are now trading the vast majority of the action we see. In the event of a "meltdown", the computer action would get shut off and you may very well have a case of "no bid" on any tradeable entity including most "funds" of folks savings entities.
What this means is that since banks are SO LEVERAGED RIGHT NOW (they are way past bankrupt), the value you see on your account is actually FICTITIOUS and could be wiped to "0" in an instant. This can happen when there is "no live body" in the trading pit to give a bid to buy your funds and this means "no bid" which drops that stock to "0" value, which is much closer to the true value anyway.
This kind of thing happending en masse is a very real possibility and would give financial institutions a "way out" of and "unsecured" funds, in other words they would love to NOT HAVE TO PAY on these funds and do it legally. This is how you can be legally dropped to zero overnight.
You thought getting whacked HALF in 2008/2009 was bad?... The only modest protection you have is "cash in hand" and anything you could guarantee as a "secure entity" (not many of these exist now). The buying power of cash would also be greatly diminished in such an emergency, but something is better than nothing.
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