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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 26185700:MV8yMDQ4NTczXzM0NDIzOTc5Xzk0OTAxNDlE] Turn on CNBC any particular morning these days and they're talking about algo trading. The retail investor is largely out of the market now, which is why you can't count on the stock market as a metric of economic health. There isn't an answer to a problem to be found here. We have one trader at work that deals with all our hedging and positioning, and while he is physically (I.e. clicking a button) trading positions for Us and there's someone on the other end taking the risk from us, the likely scenario is a computer takes the position and trades for us in the end. [/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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