Mad Money Gone Mad?
If what Jim Cramer is saying is true, then the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) should take a serious look into these practices. One of the tactics, which Cramer calls "formenting," involved feeding deliberately false information into the markets. I'm not sure if this type of activity would fit into the 'fraud on the market' theory of securities law and regulation, but it's worth investigating.
As for Jim Cramer's other comments -- about how he thinks it's a swell idea to basically lie and defraud people as a hedge fund trader -- is so digusting to me that I can't seem to find the words to condemn him. I will say one thing though ... if you notice that my previous blog post warning people about the empirically demonstrated negative impact on the investment returns of those who follow Jim Cramer's Mad Money advice was written about a year ago ... at least my conscience is clear. The Econophysics Blog did a public service in putting up that post. This latest shenanigans by Jim Cramer proves up the wisdom of that year-old warning.