It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

Billions in Put Options purchased betting that the market will crash (UPDATE: CALL MADE?)

page: 2
49
<< 1    3  4  5 >>

log in

join
share:

posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 11:24 PM
link   

Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The conspiracy-inspired hysteria seems focused on the belief that "someone" is aware of another big attack coming. While this might be a sound knee-jerk response from "Tin Foil Hat Brigade," I'm not so sure... these trades are very traceable. I just can't buy the idea that these trades are initiated by someone with information about a new attack.



Yeah, perhaps they will try and trace them just like they did with the airline options taken out just before 911. Oh wait, they didn't bother.




posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 11:26 PM
link   
I really have no knowledge of how the stocks work or anything like that, but since this is a conspiracy forum, heres my opinion...

Whoever is behind these bets has some type of inside knowledge, and as was mentioned, these would be very traceable, so perhaps they either don't care or what they know is so deep that it does not matter if its traced back to them.

In reality, I think its just some rich person/group trying to make even more money off of an uncertain market. Still something to keep an eye on. Keep me updated, you guys really seem to know what you're talking about



posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 11:42 PM
link   
I smell "boiler room" bs.



posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 11:58 PM
link   

Originally posted by uberarcanist
I smell "boiler room" bs.


That's ridiculous. We are not talking about some boiler room pump job on a penny stock with a few million in volume traded, we are talking about a multibillior dollar trade, that has to move down 30% or the person/group who bought the contracts loses everything.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:02 AM
link   
yeah this seems really fishy... after searching the internet about it once i did come across something interesting about one of the top 3 guys in the cia was the one who invested into america airlines before 9/11 happened?

heres the link:

www.hereinreality.com...

hope that works
dont know the credibility of this but it is interesting
and this new bet is definetly surprising none the less...



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:03 AM
link   
reply to post by GradyPhilpott
 


Bizarre is a gross understatement.

I remember that case. It is so impressive how you have put your theory together. I think you may be on to something. It will be interesting how this all washes out. If in fact we ever really get any answers.

Fascinating



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:03 AM
link   

Originally posted by pompano
... that has to move down 30% or the person/group who bought the contracts loses everything.


Not true, the title of this article is wrong. If you read the text, they are talking about writing in-the-money calls, not buying puts. Actually this is a fairly low-risk trade if you believe the markets will be down or at least flat.

If you had inside information of an upcoming market crash, this is not the type of trade you would normally make. You'd most likely buy puts of the SPX futures outright. That would give you the most return for your initial investment/margin requirement.

[edit on 8/26/2007 by djohnsto77]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:25 AM
link   
My second guts tell me this purchase event is in place to offset what is actually really gonna happen, and where the money is really gonna be made.

My bets are on the latter.



edit-in other words, the puts are being covered in the event interst rates are bumped up.

If you are betting on a longshot with a huge payoff, you also bet on the other side to reduce your losses in the event it doesnt happen.

Know what I mean?

[edit on 26-8-2007 by smirkley]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:45 AM
link   
DJ, do you think the calls could be the opposite side to some of the puts on the same stock, like in some of the more complicated option strategies?
(Straddles, strangles, spreads etc....) I think I may understand straddles and stangles, but don't have the confidence or bankroll ( or risk tolerance if i did) to really concentrate on those strategies that much. I see lots of short interest on the put side on the S&P as well could these be the other side to that trade (if it's a spread)?

I honestly can't tell if whoever put this on is expecting a boom or a crash. The transaction costs must be huge. Over at the tickerforum they are saying that the transaction was coded as a spread.It boggles the mind.

I have heard thursday 20th Sep refered to as "triple witching thursday" due to options expiration, the fed meeting, and 3Qearnings forcasts (not sure about that last one,but 3 market moving events falling close together).

Anyone have any Idea what the signifigance is of the 245,000 !!!put options against the DJ Eurostoxx 50 is across the pond? I understand that European options differ from American options in that they can only be exercised on the day of expiration wheras American options can be exercised at any time.

It's confusing and seems ominous especially with big bets against both the S&P and the biggest 50 European stocks. What events, could affect both that dramatically? Bigger war in mideast, China dumping the $, a big moneycenter bank failing(or more), or what?

The unwinding of the yen carry will definately affect both but 30%. I know that something like 20% of the S&P are financials anyone know what the DJ Eurostoxx 50 percentage is financial?

I wish I had something more than questions a ttheory or something but something just seems odd. The transaction costs would be huge, the amount of stock that the S&P trade would tie up is rediculous.

[edit on 26-8-2007 by jefwane]

[edit on 26-8-2007 by jefwane]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 02:44 AM
link   

Originally posted by jefwane
DJ, do you think the calls could be the opposite side to some of the puts on the same stock, like in some of the more complicated option strategies?


Certainly. Not on an individual stock, but on the stock index.

IMO, this really could be almost anything, including computer arbitrage program trading.

It looks to me like someone took some esoteric data on options positions and blew it way out of proportion.

[edit on 8/26/2007 by djohnsto77]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 04:23 AM
link   
all i got to say is china



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 05:25 AM
link   
This is all very interesting, and a little worrying.

I don't think anything is going to happen at all though, but if it does lord help us because we are going to be in some deep s**t.

By the way, what would happen if something like the Stock market falls, besides some guy getting rich off of it?



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 05:32 AM
link   
Is Cheney Betting On Economic Collapse?


The article is called "Cheney's betting on bad news" and provides an account of where Cheney has socked away more than $25 million. While the figures may be estimates, the investments are not. According to Tom Blackburn of the Palm Beach Post, Cheney has invested heavily in "a fund that specializes in short-term municipal bonds, a tax-exempt money market fund and an inflation protected securities fund. The first two hold up if interest rates rise with inflation. The third is protected against inflation."


Link to article

All the pigs are coming to the feeders



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 06:09 AM
link   
reply to post by sn00daard
 


A couple of things popped into my head when I read this. The crash could be do to the following;

Life on mars being verified and et presence acknowledged,

We go to war with iran.

Increased us spending leading to negative funds in the us.

Cost of living increase due to an oil shortage which causes us to spend more on oil then we do on anything else

The announcement of a terrorist attack in 90 days leads to another us tragedy,

If I'm missing something please include.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 06:13 AM
link   

Originally posted by Syntaxstealth
reply to post by sn00daard
 


A couple of things popped into my head when I read this. The crash could be do to the following;

Life on mars being verified and et presence acknowledged,

We go to war with iran.

Increased us spending leading to negative funds in the us.

Cost of living increase due to an oil shortage which causes us to spend more on oil then we do on anything else

The announcement of a terrorist attack in 90 days leads to another us tragedy,

If I'm missing something please include.


I would say the last four, the government seems to be pushing for a war in Iran, FOX News seems to be pushing it too, but i'm surprised the rest of the Main Stream Media is following Fox on the whole war with Iran thing. I guess it's because they learn from they're mistakes unlike Fox. But anyways I guess we will have to just wait and see, but I will be definately be keeping my eye on things.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 06:21 AM
link   
reply to post by Uniceft17
 


I agree, the media is not going to cover until its taking place. if we suffer a another great depression this could work in the governments favor. dont you think?



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 06:50 AM
link   

Originally posted by Duzey
SPX 700 is the S&P 700 - S&P Global 1200 minus the S&P 500.






correct,

now just how is the speculation that the USA market is going to melt down or the homeland to get attacked arising out of this??

A: the SPX 700 is that group of non-USA
(which means the EU & Asian stocks)
that are in a Standard & Poor Index

B: the SPX 500 is only the USA component of companies.


so, in straight logic, someone is shorting the 700 big corporations in
EU & Asian stocks, not the 500 big corporations of U.S. stocks.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~


on the other hand, maybe its not that the S&P 700 (outside of the USA)
is going to suffer a major correction.

It may be more along the lines of revaluing the EU & Pound & Yen & Yuan against the USA 'petro'Dollar...

if the dollar gets a major surge in value then the value of those non-USA stocks take a tumble.?


[edit on 26-8-2007 by St Udio]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 07:09 AM
link   
The subprime news is back in the papers today,

reports that the fallout from the US subprime mortgage meltdown will hit house prices in central London, one of the world’s hottest high-end property markets.



The stock market appeared to return to normal this past week, but many analysts believe continued credit worries will drive prices lower in the near term.

"The real issue is what we don't know," John Buckingham, chief portfolio manager at Al Frank Asset Management, told CNBC.com. "Are there more bombs to go off? You had an event that we may never see again in our lifetime where people were literally terrified of money market funds. Those fears are not over."


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


www.cnbc.com...

To behonest, I don't like the sound of this. This thread has come up with something quite worrying.

Hopefully, September will come and go.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 08:24 AM
link   


SkepticOverlord
I just can't buy the idea that these trades are initiated by someone with information about a new attack.


they tracked back a cia member reguarding put options after 9/11



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 08:31 AM
link   
I'm not believing any of the "sky is falling" hype. I've been saying these boards are wrong for the past month. In fact, I just put a large portion of my money back into the stock market.. I feel it has hit bottom. To any naysayers, one of the stocks I just bought finished up 21.60% on Friday (!!!) Several others are up 4% or more this week as well. I will provide the charts if needed, but I don't want to type out a big disclaimer. Simply saying... the stock market is not coming to a halt.. there are still people happily in it, and quite bullish.

Terrorist attacks will not ruin the stock market, it will drive the price for gold, oil, defense stocks, etc. through the roof.
And even if someone hit a stock exchange building directly, it might shut it down for a few days, but so much trading is digital now that I don't think it would have a very big impact.

The next 3 weeks or so are going to be good, then the stock market will re-test it's lows and everyone will panic, and then things will start heading back up for a while.

[edit on 8/26/2007 by Yarcofin]



new topics

top topics



 
49
<< 1    3  4  5 >>

log in

join