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Summarizing The Known Rigged Markets

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Following last night's revelation that FX trading is the latest addition to the "rigged" column, here is a summary of the known market manipulation scandals (because it can be problematic keeping track of all by now):

  • Libor - interest rates (link)
  • ISDAfix - swaps (link)
  • Platts - oil prices (link)
  • WM/Reuters - FX (link)
  • High-Frequency Trading - equities (link)

We also know that the Fed and world central banks are engaged in a full blown (and unprecedented) Treasury curve modeling exercise courtesy of both ZIRP (short-end) and QE (long-end), and that courtesy of some $12 trillion in extra liquidity in the past 5 years, stocks are at an artificial "weath effect" sugar high.

We can therefore deduce that, following the process of elimination, gold and silver are the only markets that are unmanipulated and where transparent price discovery is allowed to take place without intervention from key players.

Sarcasm off.


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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:36 | 3649765 GolfHatesMe
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Housing - NAR

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:38 | 3649767 TheTmfreak
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:39 | 3649769 Pladizow
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As the FED sets interest rates, i.e., the price of money, then all markets are rigged!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:42 | 3649787 King_of_simpletons
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Rigged Market = New Normal


Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:44 | 3649798 TeamDepends
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Hey everyone, let's start a non-rigged market!  Can you imagine?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:49 | 3649811 TheTmfreak
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:14 | 3650111 johnQpublic
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We can therefore deduce that, following the process of elimination, gold and silver are the only markets that are unmanipulated and where transparent price discovery is allowed to take place without intervention from key players, so logically, must weigh the same as a duck, and therefor, a witch, err, i mean, err, unmanipulated!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:53 | 3649821 aint no fortuna...
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The little kid up the street is charging $5 for a 8 oz lemonade and there are a lot of shady looking characters with dark sunglasses hanging around checking their handhelds constantly - can't tell if they're traders or NSA but it stinks to hell

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:11 | 3649889 ParkAveFlasher
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IMHO they are agents of the Florida lemon faction, making sure he doesn't use lemons sourced from growers who are not in the "fix". 

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:37 | 3649977 TeamDepends
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You can wake up under a bridge with broken kneecaps if you mess with the citrus boys.  Just sayin'....

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:56 | 3649834 smlbizman
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and pari-mutual betting on horse racing....if anybody wanted to look.....but its international on a computer system so you know it cant be know bets cant be placed or withdrawn once the windows close......except their many examples of this happening but who cares....

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:29 | 3649961 Non Passaran
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Bitcoin isn't rigged.

It's manipulated, but that's fine as long as all participants know it.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:43 | 3649792 nasdaq99
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why on earth they didn't include interest rates is beyond me!  


interest rates and therefore every single thing under the sun.  

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:00 | 3649849 Bay of Pigs
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They did, Lie-bor

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:25 | 3649944 YC2
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Couldn't they include gold and link to some CBer statement/paper to the effect of "it would certainly be a good idea to suppress gold prices" in that "smoking gun" article a few years back?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:40 | 3649774 myne
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:42 | 3649771 SheepDog-One
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Well, gold and silver are the only mawkets not manipulated UPwards anyway.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:50 | 3649818 TheTmfreak
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That's so they can buy more physicals with free zero interest rate funny money.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:06 | 3649867 insanelysane
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I thought the authorities were supposed to look into physical manipulation but then decided it was a tempest in a teapot and closed the investigation.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:40 | 3649773 ekm
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It's been since forever I've been recommending to anybody to consider any data coming from the government and big banks and corporations as simply PROPAGANDA.


Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:42 | 3649788 ekm
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Furthermore, if you think that the Fed has been printing only $85 billion/month, you're fooled.

It's probably double that.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:44 | 3649797 SheepDog-One
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And the '$13 trillion over 5 years' is probably more like $26 trillion at least.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:45 | 3649800 ekm
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At least, the keyword

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:50 | 3649817 fonzannoon
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wait till they really have to start printing.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:43 | 3649791 SheepDog-One
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Heavy smoke screen.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:33 | 3650672 Blankenstein
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How America's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy - until they were caught on tape

Read more:

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:41 | 3649778 Sabibaby
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The cheese market is still legit!

Long cheddar.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:43 | 3649793 francis_sawyer
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The cheese [cutting] market is still legit


There... Fixed it...

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:43 | 3649796 SubjectivObject
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Booze market maaaaayy be legit.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:50 | 3649816 Sabibaby
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That's manipulated also :(

Next thing you know they'll be putting corn in our gasoline. Ahhhh... damn, already doing that too.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:54 | 3649828 francis_sawyer
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Monsanto is out to become Exxon Mobile...

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:41 | 3649779 Scro
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Time to bet against the house.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:42 | 3649782 SubjectivObject
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<sarcasm off>

Food stuffs markets.

<sarcasm on>

Family farms.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:43 | 3649789 gdogus erectus
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I was about to give the article 1 star, cut and paste the conclusion and say that he forgot the sarc off at the end. Oh, there is one. Nevermind!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:26 | 3649947 freet0pian
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I'd prefer there wasn't a sarc off. It's a bit lame to add it. If people don't get it they propably have an extra chromosome.

/sarkozy off

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:57 | 3650545 Herd Redirectio...
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Most people would still get it, w/o the sarc.  But if you are new to this circus?  You would be extremely confused.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:43 | 3649790 Nothing To See Here
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Oh, and don't forget the voting process. It's not rigged either because democracy works.

/sarc off

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:45 | 3649801 Jim in MN
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Goldman Sachs -- market in OECD heads of state

Goldman Sachs -- market in OECD central bankers

Goldman Sachs -- market in Manhattan and Hamptons playpens

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:47 | 3649807 101 years and c...
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GS admitted to having software that rigs the markets in a court room for fuck sake. And the programmer employed by GS goes to prison for trying to take the code.  Thats all you really need to know about how fucked up this country is.  If thats not enough, the SEC would rather watch gay midget porn instead of straight girl on girl porn.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:47 | 3649808 Hal n back
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hard to miss interest rates when the Fed says its keeping rates low (can it really) until labor improves. Maybe an idle threat.


How is housing and autos going to do with rates higher--whats the cost of an 8 year auto loan with nothing down going to.


Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:49 | 3649812 orangedrinkandchips
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There is NO SUCH THING AS A FREE MARKET....NEVER WAS NEVER WILL BE. Period. Check your expectations at the door!


This list also includes.....


Free Lunch

The perfect wife


efficient markets

santa claus

Easter bunny


you get the pic......

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:53 | 3649823 NoTTD
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Glad to see Nessie didn't make the list.  She'd be very disappointed.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:08 | 3649878 tmosley
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Huh?  Markets were pretty damn free in the US from the end of Reconstruction up until 1913.  Other western nations each had their own periods of very free markets around the same time frame.  Hell, you didn't even need passports to travel or move between most nations until the late 1800's.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:52 | 3650029 SAT 800
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I had a perfect wife once; but then her husband came back from Ohio.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:53 | 3650036 SAT 800
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The tooth fairy. I'm so glad the tooth fairy is not on your list.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:04 | 3650575 Intoxicologist
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Sasquash.  That giant, elusive vegetable of modern lore.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:52 | 3649820 DaMule
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The list looks a little light. Wasn't the Municipal Bond Market rigged also?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:58 | 3649843 orangedrinkandchips
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As if it were just the markets that were maniuplated.....I lost interest in the NBA after Chicago went on their run.....It really seemed, and still does, very scripted. Of course it will go to 7 could they pass up a ferw hundred million dollars? Suspense!


Not sure if I am right but it's suspect!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:25 | 3649941 ITrustMyGut
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they were fixinbg baseball > 100 years ago... of course..

EVERY professional sport is managed... think these millionaires would leave the outcome of millions and million with every game.. up to chance?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:35 | 3650179 Hal n back
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I always wondered how gamned sports is--in b ball--Its kind of easy to miss a free throw or 3 pointer etc--but how do you know for sure someone will MAKE a last second 3 pointer??


Look at the  Chicago LA double overtime game--granted it was game 5. But how do we know the chicago goalie will just not miss one of the saves because he was screened from seeign  it--there still is a huge element of chance and luck in games--


maybe not wrestling, or some other sports--I guess each has to be on its own. I have felt as someone said the media paying for rights to broadcast do like 7 game series so I have always felt there were ways to make series go the 7.


After all--as one said it is a business.

in markets we know how almost anybody can paint a closing price but moreso if you are a big player (wink wink).

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:03 | 3650569 Herd Redirectio...
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Basketball (as with other sports, such as soccer/football) isn't fixed, per se, as much as influenced.

The refs have a massive impact on the flow of the game.  And there are enough obscure calls in basketball that nothing is ever 'wrong'.  Last year in the Finals, for e.g., OKC found their shot blocker (Ibaka) getting in foul trouble early, and Westbrook and Harden couldn't buy a foul call driving to the bucket. 

They don't have to rig the whole thing, just influence key moment in the game, whether that is early on, or the final minutes of play.

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 06:50 | 3653453 Jam Akin
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:52 | 3649822 MrBoompi
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All of this will come as a complete surprise to Congress too!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:07 | 3649861 xtop23
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To some members, sure. The problem is the only indignation that results, is due to the surprise that the representative feels, when he realizes there is a revenue stream of payola that has remained untapped.

Criminal twats. The lot of 'em.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:59 | 3650057 pndr4495
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.........just like the Fed's creation in 1913 - the source of much of the world's present misery.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:53 | 3649825 NoTTD
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Well, then, I can take my tinfoil hat off.  Again.   I've had reason to take it off a lot recently.



Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:54 | 3649829 Everybodys All ...
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It's a full blown psy op.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:57 | 3649840 toros
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:01 | 3649851 orangedrinkandchips
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Kenny Rogers said it best...."every hand's a winner and every hand's a loser and THE BEST YOU CAN HOPE FOR IS TO DIE IN YOUR SLEEP"......


(of course the Kenny Roger's Roasters was top 5 best Seinfelds ever!!)

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:10 | 3649881 Cursive
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LOL.  The rigged SPX is moving like the Nikkipennystock.  Up 11, down 8 in the span of minutes.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:16 | 3649901 icanhasbailout
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We're better off with a list of known unrigged markets:

- prostitutes

- street drugs

- surface to air missiles

- plutonium


Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:21 | 3649923 OldE_Ant
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Shorter too.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:20 | 3649920 OldE_Ant
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LoL add the other manipulated markets.

1) PMs

2) Oil/NG

3) Virtually every published market statistic.

4) Bond ratings

5) Gasoline prices

6) Law enforcement (or non).

7) Corporate profits.

8) MBS markets

9) Pharmaceutical industry with new drugs with lists of side effects longer than the bible that may or may not actually do anythine positive.

10) GMO free pass to forever polluting the gene pool.

11) FDA so that anyone with enough money can sell poison to people, and make money doing it.

12) Medical establishment, where any health idea that can't make money will always be put down in favor of (9) the magic blue pills from (9)

13) Manipulated news industry.

14) Manipulated communications/internet.

15) Manipulated airlines.

16) Manipulated weather, air, water, earth, and sun

17) Manipulated people.

etc. etc.

It's all manipulated!   Just because I don't have article links doesn't mean it isn't so.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:23 | 3649932 Free Wary
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forgot milk

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:29 | 3649957 Cacete de Ouro
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Here's some more manipulated markets:


NSA operatives at major US management consulting firms and tech firms

CIA operatives at US investment banks

MI6 operatives at major overseas UK banks


manipulated, because the operatives never get let go, even when they are complete assholes.... so its a manipulation of the talent pool...


"We got a deep bench of talent", a deep bench of spook talent alright....

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:31 | 3649962 Tombstone
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To my knowledge, central planning includes everything.  In this case, central planning is not going to create longer term wealth or prosperity, but is now the method of choice to use when dealing with a world sinking in debts.  Why so much debt?  That is mainly the result of utopian-socialist promises to gain votes to retain power in order to introduce more slavery and repression.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:08 | 3650589 Herd Redirectio...
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Why have sociopaths been elected, over honest individuals the last couple years?  Without taking into consideration the low likelihood of a honest candidate even making it onto a ballot, the reason is:

Sociopaths are glad to tell you what you want to hear.  They are glad to promise you SS, retirement money from the gov't, Medicaid, etc.  Key word: promise. 

Meanwhile, the honest candidate will tell you that government finances are in terrible shape, serious cuts need to be made, and its impossible for any area to escape unscathed (given the scale of cuts required), but in the long run your approach will restore the economic health of the nation.

What % of voters will vote for the sociopath?

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:49 | 3650018 robertocarlos
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Gold and silver cost 5 dollars to dig out of the ground and are free if you have scuba gear.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:04 | 3650081 fijisailor
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PMs were on sale early this week exclusively for non Chinese buyers.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:16 | 3650119 Lmo Mutton
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"We can therefore deduce that, following the process of elimination, gold and silver are the only markets that are unmanipulated and where transparent price discovery is allowed to take place without intervention from key players."


Finally we can put this to rest and invest in the only solid paper market left.  Thank you T.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:40 | 3650212 BurningBetty
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The promise of always paying back..courtesy of Ben the Tank: "we just press some numbers and you can have as much as you want. Best deal ever!"

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:20 | 3650132 Lmo Mutton
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"The perfect wife"


I got close.  She ran off and only comes back for sex and sometimes $$-but it costs her sex so.....

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:37 | 3650195 BurningBetty
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I'd rather not see it but I don't see how this will end well in the end. World wide anarchy. Few people f***ing over rest of the world as they please, no strings attached. While these imbiciles work above every law, the rest of the world is being properly "penetrated" to fight for the bits and pieces abiding their laws. F*** this!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 11:39 | 3650206 GoinFawr
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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:11 | 3650342 Expat
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While I agree (and know) that oil markets are rigged, the document being used to support your assertion does not in any way indicate that oil markets are rigged.  It simply points out weaknesses in the Platts/Argus pricing systems.  Total does not admit to or point out price rigging in any of the oil markets.

Of course, Total has been suspected of rigging prices, squeezing markets, and colluding on many occasions.  Total has also been investigated for bribery, oil smuggling, and corruption (Nigeria and Iraq).  Nothing has ever come of all this.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:19 | 3650384 boeing747
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Forget Facebook IPO rigging.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:28 | 3650433 boeing747
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Gold&Silver prices are moderately rigged and Airline passangers are gently touched.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 14:29 | 3650857 Aurora Ex Machina
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You missed one: Natural Gas market.

The City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, is investigating claims by a whistleblower that Britain's £300bn wholesale gas market has been "regularly" manipulated by some of the big power companies, exploiting weaknesses that echo the recent Libor scandal.

Separately, the energy regulator Ofgem has been warned by a company responsible for setting so-called benchmark prices, ICIS Heren, that it had seen evidence of suspect trading on 28 September, a key date as it marks the end of the gas financial year and can have an important influence on future prices. [Guardian  Dec 2012]


Can you guess what happened to the whistle-blower?


Hint: if you think it bucks the trend, well, I have a bridge to sell you. Looks like the old castle model of neo-feudalism still applies. From a totally ignorant eye, it looks to me as if to compete against HFTs, traders couldn't be first, and they couldn't be smarter. Which left them with only one option.

I'm not an expert, so your milage may vary; I do know what Game theory says about the expected outcome though. Unlike what the muppets tell you, co-operation is the winning strategy for society, and these types of Games. Since we're in week of mourning for Iain M Banks, an excellent new writer is up and coming: The Jean le Flambeur series.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 14:38 | 3650931 NaiLib
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You also missed : The NSA rigging of National Media & Government.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 16:17 | 3651394 Downtoolong
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And that ladies and gentlemen is how they produce perfect quarters, and over 100 straight days of profitable trading. Here you thought it was because they were good at picking stocks and predicting price trends in bonds, oil, and the S&P500 index. Ha, that losing game is reserved for Muppets and, of course, those eTrade babies. Aren’t they just the cutest little things? Yes they are. Yeesss they are. And don’ you just want to trade along with them so you can squeeze each and every one of the little darlings? Yeesss you do.

Huh, that’s funny, now that I think about it, that’s exactly what Goldman told me they want to do to.

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