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Monday
Mar232015

Flash Boys HFT Conspiracy Fueled By Forbes And CNBC

(QQQ)(DIA)(SPY)(TSLA)(FANG)

 

Flash Boys and Author Michael Lewis Are Back in The News

 

It's been a year since we were heartbroken by an article in Forbes proclaiming the Retail Trader was dead. Oddly, we're still here and frankly, trading has never been better. Now it may have something to do with the way the world defines a Professional Trader. Google > "Define Professional Trader" and you'll see our take on the matter is somewhat unique.

So even though we were proclaimed dead, everyone sang Danny Boy and much Irish Whiskey (Special Reserve) was put away that dreadful and dreary day. Turns out the worst part of it all was the hangover. We were supposed to be corpus delecti and yet we woke up, stumbled into the office and proceeded to trade and train our Partners just as we had a thousand times before.

 

How CFRN Emini Method® Profits From Flash Boys

Not only did we survive the news of our demise, I was motivated to pen an article - How CFRN Emini Method Profits From Flash Boys. I broke it down in plain english, no doubt saving Wall Street, Main Street and the Universe at large. Truth has that kind of power.

Certainly Michael Lewis made a pretty penny from the book. The folks that Co-Locate the Servers and sell the Fiber Optic did well also. Forbes actually sold a few magazines for a change and on the 1 year anniversary of the book's release (today), CNBC couldn't find anything else to talk about. Slow news day.

 

Where Are The Flash Boys Now

Last December I got curious and issued a B.O.L.A. on the Flash Boys. It was creatively called "Where are the Flash Boys Now?". I never got an answer. It was all part of this existential, rhetorical life I lead atop my ivory tower behind the fortified walls of the CFRN Compound.

Wherever they are, let us not forget the man who penned the original op-ed in Forbes. John Wasik said:

"Short-term trading is a loser’s game for most individuals. How can you compete against robots and ultra-fast fiber optics? You can’t. So forget about day trading. It’s a sucker’s game; even if you think you have the best information and insights in the world, you are not going to get a fair price. You can’t beat the machines."

I'm sure glad we didn't fall for that. I refuse to discuss his clever self plug at the bottom since I myself am a shameless hussy who self-promotes every opportunity I get. However, had we bought Mr. Wasik's tale of woe, none of these trade from today would have been possible.

 

CFRN Concierge Trade Alerts

Emaled to CFRN Partners and Clients as stated below:

 

Sunday Night Globex Open 03/22/15  10:45pm EDT

ESM5  - long above 2104 or short below 2097
YMM5  -  long above 18160 or short below 18045
RLMM5 - long above 1264 or short below 1260
Crude - Roll Forward to GCLK5
GCLK5  long above 46.30 or short below 45.50
6EM5 -  long above 1.0910 or short below 1.0750
GGCJ5 -  long above 1184 or short below 1176
ZBM5 -  long above 164.14 or short below 163.23
ZSK5 -  long above 9.86 or short below 9.66

 

S&P 500 Emini Futures 03/23/15


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Crude Futures 03/23/15

 

Russell Futures 03/23/15

 

 

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Flash Boys HFT Conspiracy Podcast

Wednesday
Apr022014

How CFRN Emini Method® Profits From Flash Boys

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Forbes Says...
The Only Way To Beat The Flash Boys Is Not To Trade

A little piece of me died when I read that headline and the article that followed. The same little piece that smokes a pipe, wears a Mr. Rogers sweater and drives an Oldsmobile. 

S&P 500 Traders Use CFRN Emini Method® To Smoke The Flash Boys

Now to prove I'm not making this up, let me quote directly from the article written by John Wasik a contributor to Forbes and published today:

“How do you beat Wall Street at trading?”

“Don’t trade.”

That’s my advice in a nutshell because it avoids the mostly true, but old news of Lewis’s book. You can’t beat robotic high-frequency trading programs unless you have what the big boys have: High-speed fiber optics lines to exchange servers, precise algorithms and the budget to finance all of the latest software and hardware. (Source: Forbes)


Flash Boys Crank Up Printing Press For Scalpers Who Can Think

I agree with John, I'll never beat the Flash Boys in a foot race down to the exchange and back. More importantly... I don't need to! I also don't need high speed fiber optic cable tied directly to exchange servers. The same fiber my kids watch Saturday morning cartoons on is the same fiber I use to transmit sensitive data around the world. Granted, I do pay my bandwidth henchmen (Cox Cable) an extra $150 a month to "goose me" when I need a little extra pipe to get the job done. As for software, I use dtPro which is free from Daniels Trading.

Last but certainly not least, I do need some hardware to run my software, to get my S&P 500 Emini order into the pipe. We do recognize the need for a "rock solid" machine to bring all the magic together. You've been told to spend $4k for a "trading computer", haven't you? In fact, you've been told that to be a Professional Trader you need a "special" machine. What you need is simply a fast, reliable computer. Google the search term "Emini Trading Computer" and check out the top result. CFRN Emini Trading Computer.

When you do the Google search, I'm not referring to the expensive advertisements at the top and by the way, unless you're really serious, don't click those ads. Why? Those keywords run the advertiser about $12.00 per click. However the first organic result you get, yes that's us. Click away... it won't cost us a dime because that's not an ad, that's Google's choice for the best search result for an Emini Trading Computer. Yes we're humbled and honored to be in the #1 spot, but more importantly, we're excited to be able to sell you a "rock solid" machine, hand built, right here in America.

Will the $4k computers in the ad above us outperform us on some benchmark tests? Sure. It's akin to owning a car that will go 160 mph when the top speed limit is 70. In other words, you could be paying for stuff you'll never need. Can we bump you to an i7 chip? Add umpteen video cards? Sure. We prefer to give you what you need at a price you can afford. Don't get me wrong, those other computers are awesome, but if you think they are going to make you a better trader, forget about it. Our machine will send your order down the pipe and bring you back confirmation in the blink of an eye. Whether you're trading 1 contract or a 1,000. 

Back to the Flash Boys and how we trade emini futures

So before we all loose our train of thought drooling over our need for speed,  let me get back to the point. If we get a Slingshot setup that tells us to buy the ES Emini at 1882.75, we enter a limit order. Sometimes we get filled, sometimes we don't. That's been going on forever. The S&P, above and beyond every other market out there, channels back and forth and back and forth, whether it's in an uptrend or a downtrend. So why am I a "Fan of the Flash Boys"?

It's the liquidity st_ _ _ d. That's an old joke, on an old play on words, by an old politician. If you don't get it, forget it. If the ask is 1883 and the bid is 1882.75 and my limit order is 1882.75, that means I'll pay 1882.75 and not a penny more. Unless, I click MIT which means "market if touched". Now as desperately as I want to buy at 1882.75, in the S&P, someone else is most likely just as hot to trot to sell 1883. Now if he thinks the Flash Boys are going to beat him to the exchange... what might he do? He might click "market if touched" or better yet he just drops his offer a tick because the new best seller on Wall Street tells him "if you want to play, you gotta pay".

Flash Boys - New Kidz On The Block? 

For those of us who earn a living pulling 2 points (8 ticks) a day out of the most liquid market around - the S&P 500, we've been thinking fast on our seat for a long, long time. If my 1882.75 order doesn't get filled that's ok. I'll wait for the next train. However, with all the buzz about  SPEED SPEED SPEED, I'm no longer waiting on a train, my ship has come in. Straight up.

Why? While everyone is focused on being the first to the table, we're already at the table. We still have time to think. We still have time to wait for everything to come together just the way we like it. Worse case scenario? We get more opportunities every single trading day. Once the initial shock wears off, and everyone comes back out to play, us dirty rotten scoundrels, "the scalpers", we're about to have it better than we've ever had it before. 

Don't Forget Your Algorithm Flash Boy

We have some pretty fancy math here at CFRN. We don't tout it as an Algo, but we could I suppose. We've color coded things for simplicity and we honestly hide all the dirty work behind the scenes. The heavy lifting, the grunting and squealing... all you hear are Michael's dulcet tones. Cool, calm, collected, pointing you towards the next trade. 

Our math is fluent in over 7 languages. 

 

  • S&P500
  • Russell
  • Gold
  • Crude
  • Soybeans
  • Natural Gas
  • Euro

 

and those are just the ones we discuss outside the family office. Our math was never designed around speed, the cornerstone of what we do is called opportunity. At some point, the car moving so fast the driver can't see is bound to crash and burn. At our speed, we still have time to think, to analyze, to make decisions that are in our best interest. 

 

Don't Take my Word For It

I'm just another voice on the internet. Why should you believe me? You shouldn't... not yet. First, come see what I've just told you. Watch our Lead Trader in action as he puts on and takes off trades in real time, with real money, in front of real people. 

Once you see it, we'll even let you try it. Take the controls and go for a spin around the track. In fact, take 5 days. At the end of 5 days ask yourself which makes more sense:

 

  • Skimming a penny off a million trades in a week? ($10k profit)
  • Making 2 points a day (8 ticks) as a 20 contract trader in a week? ($10k profit)

 

Remember now, according to the writer at Forbes, choice #1 requires:

High-speed fiber optics lines to exchange servers, precise algorithms and the budget to finance all of the latest software and hardware.

While choice #2 simply requires you to come hang out with us for a week at no charge. Chances are you already have a computer. In fact, if you're reading this... thank a teacher, if you're reading it in English, thank a soldier, if you're reading it on the Internet, thank Al Gore.

Seriously, our 90 day course is designed to make you Guru Free Forever. Once you have our software and learn how to read a chart, you've been set free. On top of that, the price probably has 2 less commas than you're thinking of right now. 

There has never been a better time than now to take advantage of the "Chicken Little Sky Is Falling" mentality on Wall Street. It's like slam dunking a basketball with a step-ladder from Home Depot. Don't believe me? Smart man. Come see it for yourself....

 

 

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