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Alphacution Adopts Subscription Model

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”Steve Jobs [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|Open|

Summary of Robinhood’s Legal Woes

Today - February 26, 2021 - at 12:13pm ET - in what appears to be a well-managed front run of press collaboration, the Wall Street Journal published "Robinhood in Talks to Settle Finra Probes Into Options-Trading Practices, Outages" based on a filing that says the company is also being examined by the SEC, states. Here are the key parts of that filing - and then some...

By |February 26th, 2021|Open|

Now You See Me: What The Bloomberg Opinion Guy Misses About Market Structure Mechanics

Leveraging numbers and narrative, Alphacution builds a higher-dimension analysis of market structure mechanics on top of Bloomberg Opinion's Matt Levine's recent manifesto on payment for order flow (PFOF). Disclaimer: No unsolicited elbows were thrown during the creation of this Feed post...

By |February 22nd, 2021|For Subscribers|

More Than $2.7 Billion in Payments for Order Flow 2020: Here Are The Breakdowns… (Updated)

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”Ayn Rand UPDATE (2/17/2021): The following exhibits and content have been updated to reflect an additional $12 million in order routing revenue for Tastyworks earned in Q4 2020; the data for which not being available prior to the initial publication of this Feed post. This brings Alphacution's estimate for total payments for order flow in 2020 to $2.755 [...]

By |February 11th, 2021|For Subscribers|

A Very Tasty Trade

"What's really happening here is that instead of people becoming engaged in finance when they're 40, 50, 60 or whatever, they're finally starting to learn that - hey - this is really cool. And so, we have an entire generation now which is not only going to support capitalism, it's going to accelerate the growth in free markets and [provide] massive amounts of liquidity so that everybody out there is going to benefit. This is the best thing [...]

By |January 29th, 2021|For Subscribers|

GameStop and the New Market Kamikazes

"But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values?"Alan Greenspan By now, everyone - and I mean, EVERYONE - knows about how "GameStop (GME), [the] hedge funds’ most-hated stock, was targeted by an army of retail investors who marshaled forces against short sellers in online chat rooms. In the Reddit forum “wallstreetbets” with more than 2 million subscribers, rookie investors encouraged each other to pile into GameStop’s shares and call options, creating massive short [...]

By |January 29th, 2021|Open|

Formula One Trading: Ranking of 25 Leading Proprietary Trading Firms and Key Affiliates

“You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.”Tom Brady The detailed exhibit presented at the bottom of this Feed post is 1) featured in our just-published case study, "The Rise of Hudson River Trading," 2) an expanded version of an already somewhat outdated exhibit originally published in our "History of Jane Street" case study (below), and 3) only an excerpt of a much larger global map of entities that Alphacution has been developing to be [...]

By |January 24th, 2021|For Subscribers|

Case Study: The Rise of Hudson River Trading (Executive Summary)

"In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing."Hank Aaron ** The executive summary for Alphacution case study, "The Rise of Hudson River Trading," is also available for free download (with registration) in our Reports Library ** Introduction As if on cue, and apropos of the times, a [...]

By |January 24th, 2021|Open|

XTX Markets: Lessons in Strategy Geometry – Part II

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”Abraham Lincoln In Part I of our Lessons in Strategy Geometry concept, we performed a comparative analysis between the shapes of 13F position rankings for HRT Financial, LLC (an affiliate of Hudson River Trading, LLC; the subject of our next deep-dive case study which is in the oven and almost fully baked, I promise), Latour Trading, LLC, and TRC Investments, LLC [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|For Subscribers|