I had an interesting sequence of events happen to me today. I’m not sure they mean anything, but I thought I’d pass them along for posterity and the remote possibility that it may be of service to someone else further on down the line.
I couldn’t have been in the chat room for more than a minute or two when someone blurted out that I was “just on Bloomberg.” I assumed he meant some sort of mention in an article on Bloomberg.com, but it turns out he was referring to Bloomberg TV. Now I know I had not been out of the house all morning and had not even been on the phone, so this made me fairly curious. When I was unable to pull up anything on the Bloomberg TV web site, it occurred to me that the previous night I might have flipped on Bloomberg Asia before going to sleep. While I don’t know all the nuances of TiVo, I do know that even if you turn of the television, the last half hour or so of programming for whatever station you were watching is stored in a buffer. Perhaps my wife had not turned on the TV and changed the channel today…
So, I dashed upstairs and sure enough, found that Brennan Lothery had mentioned VIX and More as well as the newsletter in a short segment about the possibility of a correction in stocks. Specifically, Lothery picked up on the theme of Monday’s post, SPX 15% Over 200 Day Moving Average for First Time in Ten Years and used a recent chart of the SPX and the 200 day simple moving average to highlight the widening gap between the two.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time any VIX and More analysis has been referenced on any of the major financial television stations.
Adam at Daily Options Report noted how the multiple attributions and very positive tone of the Bloomberg segment was in sharp contrast to the almost comically confrontational approach CNBC has taken to bloggers.
While I am pleased to receive the recognition, I find it surreal that I would never have happened upon this without the following very unlikely events falling into place:
- I decided to wander into a stock chat room for probably the second time in my life
- I just happened to have Bloomberg TV as the last station I watched out of the 900+ DirecTV channels
- my wife was occupied all morning and unable to change the TV station
Finally, I am left with the thought that it is indeed possible to trap serendipity in today’s electronic fishing net, particularly if you have TiVo and can make a good guess at which channel might snare what you are looking for.