Forces at work from Tokyo to Kiev have been roiling the U.S. stock market for a couple of week. But the financial sushi that is now on the menu in Japan, and Russia's "Crimea of the Century" are only part of the story.
Beyond this case, a new question needs to be addressed: how accountable are the superiors of failing employees? Are employees supposed to second-guess the instructions they receive from their superiors?
Historically, fat finger trades -- where a trader presses the wrong key or adds a zero too many on an electronic trading system -- were considered exclusive to equities markets. But they are now stretching their piggy little digits into other asset classes.
A couple of months ago I had lost out on a job to someone I knew. While it stung, at least I found out who my competition was after the fact. Now I was sitting across the table from my competitor -- who was also my friend.