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Erik Swarts

Erik Swarts

Contributor since: 04 Apr 2011


Erik is an active trader, who has always taken a broad perspective when approaching the markets.

  • More Questions Than Answers

    Published 05 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As I sit here writing - post a fitting fireworks spectacular, I have more questions than answers with regards to the markets recent display of…

  • Thinking Out Loud

    Published 29 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    If you interact with investors or money managers on a regular basis you typically get the pull-string question, "So what is your edge?" It is…

  • Sliding Down Hill

    Published 27 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As the equity markets slide back towards the precipice that comes into view ~ SPX 1257 - it would be wise to keep in mind…

  • The Crude Reality

    Published 24 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    In the wake of the SPR news yesterday, it's hard to deny that the powers that be don't appear motivated to prick the speculative froth…

  • The Day After Bernanke

    Published 23 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Here is the slightly less compressed version of the 2007 analog post-close for today. I say "less" compressed because the market caught up in one…

  • Short Term Scale - Part II

    Published 21 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Going into OPEX last week options traders had been favoring puts over calls at the widest margin since the bear market bottom in March 2009.…

  • Short Term Scale - Part I

    Published 20 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    In continuation of last Tuesday's note - Long Term Scale, I offer a few thoughts on the short to intermediate time frames. I have found…

  • Long Term Scale

    Published 14 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As I mentioned in my previous notes, I interpret the markets through a variety of sliding scales within my research. I thought I might construct…

  • Flight Plan

    Published 13 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As the pop favorites of the intellectual elite (typically a paradox of utility) debate the merits or lack there of in quantitative easing, I find…

  • Tail Risk

    Published 10 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Considering the euro has followed script smartly - here is an update of the Euro:Silver chart from last Thursday. Larger Image From last Thursday's notes:…

  • Financial Hedge

    Published 09 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As David Tepper pontificates why he didn't clear the deck of all his financial holdings - consider this contrarian thought. Is buying the banks here…

  • Appraising Risk

    Published 07 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Because I focus on characterizing the broader markets themselves, I search for eclectic reference anomalies to assess their relative health. And because I don't feel…

  • Inside Information

    Published 06 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As federal and state prosecutors turn our attention back towards the dark underbelly of insider trading that has always been and will always be a…

  • Silver:Euro

    Published 02 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As the euro rips higher today after comments by Jean-Claud Trichet and the newly proposed bailout measures in the struggling euro-zone, it would be wise…

  • Man Versus Nature

    Published 01 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    I think a great deal about causation. Predominantly because we tend to get it wrong so often - yet find what we need in what…

  • Finding Equilibrium

    Published 31 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    William Phillips William Phillips was many things before he became an economist. The man behind the Phillips Curve was a dairy farmer, crocodile hunter, cinema…

  • Field Notes

    Published 27 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As a trader who relies on the qualitative art-form that is appraising market psychology - I have been collecting some interesting anecdotes and observations from…

  • The Fringe Theory

    Published 22 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It's an hour after midnight and I find myself appreciating the concept of punctuated equilibrium, and how wherever I seem to turn, I find the…

  • Goldman Sacked

    Published 20 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    This chart caught my attention. Great relative strength for the broader market in the face of deteriorating financial support. Historic lows on Goldman's daily relative…

  • Carlos Slim

    Published 16 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    There's nothing slim about Carlos. Literally. Say what you like about Carlos Slim and his preference for capitalist hegemony rather than philanthropy - the man…