Friday, August 08, 2008

The end of an era

The FT reports.
We’re observing the end of an era in two very specific areas. First is the uncontrolled deregulation of global financial markets ... The second point is, the mindless commitment of human and financial resources to securitisation has reached its peak and now will contract for the indefinite future.

This is a trader's comment after the 1987 crash. It may be significant that this are the words of a trader. What is heard more often today are the words of Joe Public and the government. However, as the report points out, the fear of computerised trading has dissipated since 1987. Futures markets, which were used for Portfolio Insurance, are now mundane.

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