Eric Noll

Unlike the Dow or the S&P, the Nasdaq Composite Index isn’t going to break any records this year. That will have to wait until next year, and that is assuming that the Nasdaq can do next year what it’s done this year, which is beat both the Dow and S&P and return 30%-plus.

Given said 30%-plus return this year (32.92% and counting), and given all the hoopla that surrounded the other indices’ record-setting ways, it would have been very nice, at least, for the Nasdaq to settle at or above a nice, round number, one that it hasn’t seen in 13 years. Well, that, too, will have to wait for another day. Read more »

  • 19 Dec 2012 at 12:46 PM

Running Exchanges Is Too Hard, Exchange Chiefs Say

U.S. exchanges have become a handful to handle. It seems that all of the order types they’ve instituted over the years to keep customers and regulators happy may have had the opposite result.

But it’s not Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders or some other Capitol Hill communist levying these charges. It’s the exchanges themselves. And rather than doing something about the things they’ve done to make themselves “overly complex and opaque” at the expense of ordinary investors, they’d prefer to have Congress make them do something. Read more »