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‘VaR-Down’, ‘Impossible’ Moves And Systematic Deleveraging: Nomura’s McElligott Documents Manic Market Mayhem

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6 comments on “‘VaR-Down’, ‘Impossible’ Moves And Systematic Deleveraging: Nomura’s McElligott Documents Manic Market Mayhem

  1. “In other words: Monday was insane.” I’m sorry, I like your work a lot, but we have not had any insane days yet. We haven’t had any 3% down days on the S&P. No 5% liquidation days either. No VIX spike above 35% yet. As a bear, I really hope those materialize, but so far, nothing. The market for all intents and purposes has been orderly so far.

    • Look at the volume trend over the past 5 years. I doubt you’ll get the panic you seek. It’ll be sharp, quick & orderly downturns to pre-ordained price levels until (and if) carbon-based investors return to stock picking the market. Hate to disappoint your apparent need to deprive people of their money

  2. Those 9SD, 14SD events pop up all the time, yet finance people take their risk models seriously. Same has got to be true for robots trading in the market – they assign zero probability to not-infrequent events. Will be fun to watch all of it melting down.

  3. Agree with Jay. In addition, skew dropping from selling puts to buying calls.

  4. When will “investors” realize that this is a stupid way to invest. Add risk while things are complacent/expensive and de-risk at much lower prices. When will money move away from the machines and back to those that actually think rationally? I am not sure FB was priced right at $220 this summer or at $130 this fall but the change in views is shocking and I am not sure the machines can figure it out better than humans. I could go on and on with names where the wisdom of the market has changed its opinions by 10s of billions in short order. Opportunity for those with the smarts and guts. Thanks machines for creating opportunities.

  5. I used to have the mistaken belief people purchased stocks in companies they like and/or believe are set up for future growth. I was wrong. Now we just have robots shorting robo-ETFs tracking the robot index, like some sort of dystopian nightmare.

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