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Tim Quast is a fifteen-year Investor Relations veteran and founder and managing director of, which parses and categorizes over a half-billion shares per week with its trading intelligence system, Equity Analysis.



December 7, 2017 Market Structure Map - Paid Access

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

A day ski pass to Vail will now set you back $160-$190. It’s rich but I’m glad the SEC isn’t studying skiing access fees. It is however about to consider trading access fees and you should know, public companies and investors....[more]

February 2, 2017 Market Structure Map - Open Water

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

If you want to be creeped out – and who doesn’t? – see the movie “Open Water.” It explains the problem with Board reports in investor-relations too.[more]

April 21, 2016 Market Structure Map - Stuck Throttle

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Imagine you were driving and your throttle stuck. Our market Sentiment gauge, the ModernIR 10-pt Behavioral Index (MIRBI) has manifested like a jammed accelerator, remaining above neutral (signaling gains) since Feb 19. At Apr 15...[more]

April 14, 2016 Market Structure Map - Making Water

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In the stock market, some firms call themselves “liquidity providers.” The term suggests they’re creating something somebody else needs (here we depart sharply from making water). Liquidity by definition is the availability of...[more]

March 31, 2016 Market Structure Map - Bad Forecast

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Speaking of ferocity, yesterday Janet Yellen yelled the dollar down a percentage point. One would expect to see in response stronger equity indexes (SPY rose the inverse of the dollar’s move) and emerging markets (EEM up 1.4%),...[more]

March 3, 2016 Market Structure Map - Inconvenience

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Yesterday markets soared on queue with a Chinese currency devaluation in the form of lower bank reserve requirements (which increases money and reduces its value). For those who at the words “currency devaluation” feel like...[more]

February 12, 2016 Market Structure Map - Eroding Banks

Source: Tim Quast, president - ModernNetworks IR LLC

Large banks including Morgan Stanley, UBS, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Bank of America are down about 30% this year. A great deal has been made of reasons. Sovereign wealth funds, big holders in most, are...[more]

December 10, 2015 Market Structure Map - The Vacuum

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Looking around at the market, we decided the only thing to do is go to St. Maarten. Safely at sea, we’ll wait out options-expirations and the Fed meeting next week and return Dec 21 to tell you what we saw from afar.[more]

December 3, 2015 Market Structure Map - Dollars and Sense

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

I looked back at what we wrote Dec 2, 2008. It was two weeks before Madoff (pronounced “made off” we’d observed bemusedly) became synonymous with fraud. Markets were approaching ramming speed into the Mar 2009 financial-crisis...[more]

November 26, 2015 Market Structure Map - The Frontier

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

A war of words is unfolding in our profession. In case you’ve not followed, it’s about the market for the product you manage as investor-relations officers. Many of you have read Flash Boys, Michael Lewis’s (The Big Short is soon...[more]

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