Meta Information

The material non-public information that Kudlow tipped was the knowledge that what the White House said in public about Covid’s impact on the American economy was not what the White House truly believed about Covid’s impact on the American economy.

The grift was the difference in the private statements and the public statements.

The grift was the information about the information.

THAT is meta information.

What is meta information?

Meta information is the wink.

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  1. If any sort of company should be good at metagame, “social media” companies should. That they seem to be pandering to the party they expect to be gaining power says a lot about how much they more fear regulatory scrutiny.

  2. *more they fear… Sigh.

  3. Avatar for Kevin Kevin says:

    Ben, I love this article, the layman’s concept of metagame is great. I also can’t help but notice that it’s promoting ET Pro (both directly and in the linked article “The Epsilon Strategy”).

    I’m a loyal subscriber to ET – but ET Pro is not in my budget right now. So I’m curious, how much more time/focus by you and Rusty is spent on ET Pro subscribers vs regular ET?

  4. I am more inclined to believe that in their vast accumulation of social / personal information, they realized that the state is light-years ahead, and started operating out of fear of becoming the next Snowden / Assange. Their good early intentions of supporting a political side, for the same reason as having office scooters and ping pong, paved their pathway. Taking the bit in their mouth, they made themselves every bit as useful as any propaganda machine or defense contractor.
    The current administration has been relatively adept at grabbing one side of reigns for now. And no matter who else is holding on, that’s all you need to turn a horse. Must be frustrating to know so much about so many, likely including very dark secrets about very powerful people, yet be unable to use it to gain personal autonomy.

  5. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    It’s all one research/publishing effort, and there’s no budget for time/focus on the different offerings. We’re a registered investment advisor, and so we cannot legally publish much of our market and security-specific research to a universal audience. Also, that market and security-specific research is something that people are willing to pay more money for.

    We are not communists.

  6. Thank you Don Vito…after all WE are not communists…

  7. Avatar for robh robh says:

    Of course, one of the suppositions of the NYT article is that everyone doesn’t know that every single time Kudlow gets on CNBC he is 100% full of shit.

  8. S&P 500 Futures gapped down 100 points into the open on February 24th. Cash market followed. What time was the White House briefing? I’m not sure the hedge funds needed to be tipped, the exponential rise into the February high was very similar to the January 2018 run and rising VIX was stopping out futures positions in volatility targeting funds. The initial sell-offs were structurally identical. VIX inversion after new highs starts robotic selling. A correction was due. I was going to sell on the open on Feb 24 & still sold despite the gap down.

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