There was a time when catching the silver "whack-a-mole" algo, or
process, or intervention, or manipulation, or whatever one wants to call
it, in action was a myth: an urban legend, perpetuated by silver
conspiracy theorists. Until today that is. Courtesy of Nanex we now have
direct evidence of just what the reflexive market (in which derivative
products such as ETFs influence underlying assets) goes to town by
taking silver to the woodshed at a whopping 75,000 times per second!
From the broken market sleuths at Nanex
: "On March 20, 2012 at 13:22:33, the quote rate in the ETF symbol SLV sustained a rate exceeding 75,000/sec (75/ms) for 25 milliseconds.
Nasdaq quotes lagged other exchanges by about 50 milliseconds. Nasdaq quotes even lagged their own trades
-- a condition we have jokingly referred to as fantaseconds
." Translation: so desperate was the desire to crush silver at precisely
13:22;33, that the Nasdaq order flow directive ended up moving faster