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
than light. Frankly, we don't know about you, but when someone is
willing to bend the laws of relativity, just to get a cheaper price in
silver, to perpetuate a failing monetary system or for any other reason,
we quietly step aside...
SLV 1 second interval chart showing trades colored by reporting exchange.
SLV 1 second interval chart showing the NBBO
Shaded black if normal, yellow if locked (bid = ask) or red if crossed (bid > ask).