Zero Hedge has largely avoided any serious scrutiny for the past several years, after some critical stories in New York magazine and on Felix Salmon’s blog. I wonder if that’s about to change.
While waiting for serious reporters to subject ZH to the same kind of critical inquiry that ZH routinely aims at its myriad enemies, I have a few questions that might be worth exploring:
1. Do ZH writers have positions in the market? Any market?
2. Do they disclose positions when they write stories related to their positions, or post tweets related to their positions?
3. Is the SEC at all curious about a hugely influential, and possibly market moving/market influencing site in which someone banned from the securities industry is deeply involved? (Daniel Ivandjiiski, banned from the industry for insider trading denies being a “founder” of ZH, but this sounds weasel-like, depending on the definition of “founder.” He is the only publicly identified writer for the site.)
4. Is the fear of SEC scrutiny why ZH is registered and hosted in Switzerland? If that’s not the reason-what is?
I have many more questions, but that will do for now.