It doesn’t surprise me that BlackRock would propose pulling the plug on the NYSE and related derivatives markets in the event of a big drop in prices. BlackRock is the firm who’s co-chairman has running around DC with sacks of cash lobbying to make sure that derivatives will bailed out by the taxpayer.
Why? Because BlackRock is the biggest participant in this:
The IMF calculates that there is around $1.5 trillion in embedded leverage in U.S. bond funds through derivatives, which could unwind dramatically if the Fed’s normalization process provokes liquidity shocks. IMF Derivatives Warning
I find it hysterically ironic that the fund management firm whose CEO Larry Fink argued with Carl Icahn that there’s plenty of liquidity in the system to absorb a hit to the credit markets is now proposing to “unplug” the exchanges if stocks drop – make no mistake, this proposal was in BlackRocks mind at all when the S&P 500 was moving parabolically higher:
The fund company is proposing a three-part cure: the whole $23 trillion market should automatically come to a halt if a significant number of shares stop trading; venues should use the same triggers to suspend trading throughout the day; and rules on when to pause securities should apply equally to shares, listed options, futures and exchange-traded products. – BlackRock Calls For Halting Stocks Perhaps this should be BlackRocks new marketing campaign: “WHEN IN DOUBT, PULL IT OUT”