My afternoon train reading:

• Fed’s Stress-Test Champion Reshapes Regulation of Biggest Banks (Bloomberg) see also The Volcker Rule and the Goldman Controversy (DealBook)
• Takeover Defense, Goldman Style (Circa 1960s) (Economix)
• U.S. Auto Dealers Who Survived Debacle See Record Sales (Bloomberg) but see Is Warm Weather Putting a False Shine on the Economy? (BusinessWeek)
• What Isn’t for Sale? (The Atlantic)
• Capital shortfall: A new approach to ranking and regulating systemic risks (Vox) see also Stress Tests for Zombies? Why Low Interest Rate Policy Does Not Work (Institutional Risk Analyst)
• The Man Who Broke Atlantic City (The Atlantic)
• Wikipedia Didn’t Kill Britannica. Windows Did (Wired)
• LinkedIn is the Gateway Drug to Social Media for Fin Services (HuffPo)
Umair Haque: The Builders’ Manifesto (HBR)
• Alone in a Crowd: How Crowdfunding Could Strand Startups (Businessweek)

What are you reading?
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WTF?! DOUBLE THE FUN WITH CBOE’s VVIX

Source: CBOE

Category: Financial Press

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8 Responses to “10 Thursday PM Reads”

  1. Francisco Bandres de Abarca says:

    Ha! Gotta love this VVIX. It’s the noisy version of the VIX. Clearly, this newest way to skin the cat is about taking profits when the deviation from the underlying VIX is statistically ‘significant’.

    Some of the highlighted points on the whitepaper page are a hoot:

    “The range of values of the VVIX is at a significantly higher level than that of the VIX®.” Well, yeah, it’s a higher baseline.

    “Since the flash crash of May 2010, the VVIX has rarely dropped below 80.” Yeah, and since the flash crash of May 2010, the VIX has rarely dropped below 15. So . . .?

    “The VVIX tends to revert to its historical mean.” Huh. A real statistics wunderkind must have written that one.

    And! And! There’s a neat-o looking calculus sort of formula thingy on the page as well. Always a good selling point.

  2. swag says:

    GOLDMAN HEIR SPEAKS: Greg Smith Was Right, They Ruined My Great-Grandfather’s Company

    http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-goldman-iii-on-greg-smith-letter-2012-3#ixzz1pE2EJdSi

  3. doozle says:

    In December you bet your trader whether or not the S&P could make 1250 by YE 2011.
    What do you think he would would have said if you’d told him it would it 1400 in 1Q?
    What would you have said?

    ~~~

    BR: Jan 1, He flipped bearish. I flipped bullish — he lost the SPX 1400 bet

  4. cswake says:

    Sorry, but that PR Executive trying to tell Financial Services to use more social media is out of her mind and will inevitably get a BD or RIA a sizable violation. Record keeping is already a nightmare, even for the big guys, let alone having reps running around and posting, liking, and friending individuals and other firms.

    IMHO, a smart firm prohibits all social media use…

  5. bear_in_mind says:

    I would recommend this report on tonight’s PBS NewsHour:

    Fictional Thriller Tackles Dangers of High-Frequency Trading
    PBS NEWSHOUR
    By Paul Solman
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/jan-june12/highfrequency_03-15.html

  6. bear_in_mind says:

    One of the rare times I’ve slummed over at HuffPo, but for your reading consideration:

    Lynn Szymoniak, Foreclosure Victim, Receives $18 Million For Investigating Mortgage Crisis
    By Alexander Eichler
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/lynn-szymoniak-whistleblower-18-million_n_1347475.html

  7. bear_in_mind says:

    One more…

    Mortgage Settlement That Divided Democrats May Have Burned Eric Schneiderman’s Bridges
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/13/mortgage-foreclosure-settlement-eric-schneiderman_n_1317272.html

  8. bear_in_mind says:

    Now a JP Morgan Chase whistleblower? Have to wonder if this is legit or bogus…

    Here’s an excerpt:

    CFTC
    Comment No: 57019
    Date: 3/14/2012

    Dear CFTC Staff,

    Hello, I am a current JPMorgan Chase employee. This is an open letter to all commissioners and regulators. I am emailing you today b/c I know of insider information that will be damning at best for JPMorgan Chase. I have decided to play the role of whistleblower b/c I no longer have faith and belief that what we are doing for society is bringing value to people. I am now under the opinion that we are actually putting hard working Americans unaware of what lays ahead at extreme market risk.

    FULL LETTER:
    http://comments.cftc.gov/PublicComments/ViewComment.aspx?id=57019