Random Thoughts: Two Legs in My Bull Costume

By Todd Harrison  NOV 20, 2008 11:15 AM

Trading from the long side into the morning abyss.


Editor's Note: The following was posted in real time on our premium Buzz & Banter. It's being shared here for the benefit of the Minyanville community. See also 800 Pund Gorilla in Our Midst..

Gate Sniffage! - 9:44 am

Jeezums, is it the trading day already? Seems like just moments ago we were signing off from the Hump Day frump. Alas, the flickering ticks are back and baby, they're better than ever. Some top of the morning vibage as I put the finishing touches on my opener while consuming bagels, shmear and a hot chocolate for good measure:

Wowzers! - 10:24 am

There's alotta eye popping elements nestled in today's Art Carnage. In no particular order.

To be sure, nobody has ever seen anything like this--FDR didn't know what a derivative was--and we're in unchartered waters. It's scary, it's depressing and it's all consuming but don't give up--don't ever give up. Now, more than ever, is when lucidity will serve us in good stead. 

It's possible that Dubya and Hank have tossed in the towel and passed the lame duck, er, buck to Obama. Still, please remember that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. Expiration looms large tomorrow and IF there are any bunnies left in the hat, they'll be pulled in front of tomorrow morning.

I continue to trade from the long side. Not profitably at it stands, but that's what I'm doing for better or for worse, with two legs in my bull costume as of this morning. It's my sense that S&P 840 needed to break in order to shake the trees, clear the seas and set the stage for a potential year-end lift.

Engine room, more scream!

It's Not Easy, E! - 10:51 am

Don't believe the hype, Yo, all is not lost. In fact, it's my fiduciary responsibility to inform ye faithful that the entire Minyanville editorial desk--present company included--has gone old school in our attempt to shake up the mojo. That's right, shoes are off in the city of critters, one and all and all for one. Call it a team effort. We do it because we care.

Some udder thoughts as we find our way:



Did you know the doors to Festivus 2008 are officially open? Have you yet locked your spot for the critter trot as last year's soiree sold out? (This is our annual event to commingle our professors, partners and Minyans while chowing down and listening to live music. The very best part? It's for the kids in the good name of my grandfather.)

Position in energy proxies.

Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at todd@minyanville.com.

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