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Barclays Manipulated Gold as Soon as It Stopped Manipulating Libor

And still no one is in prison…. If you were writing a paranoidfantasyof gold price manipulation you’d be hard pressed to come up with something more on the nose than the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s order against Barclays. It has everything; it is the benchmark of manipulation by which all future manipulation will be measured. Well, this…

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Vix Again

I came across this chart over the weekend. It looks at the volatility of stock, bond and currencies markets. The article that accompanies it falls into a trap I have commented on before namely, that volatility and changes in volatility are predictive. My view is that they are post-dictive – that is they react after…

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The Physics Of Wall Street

I have just finished wading through The Physics of Wall Street by James Owen Weatherall which tracks the impact of quantitative traders on both finance at large and Wall street in particular. As the title suggests it concentrates most on physicists who have made the leap into finance and with them have brought their impressive…

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Patience

When novice traders enter the world of trading they are bombarded by all sorts of rubbish about what to do and how to do it. Unfortunately, very little of this material covers what is actually important and none of it seems to mention the words courage and patience. I have spoken about the notion of…

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Nimble amoebas battle for world supremacy

I have no idea why I find this interesting. Whoosh!” bragged geneticist Michael Myre, spreading his fingers and pushing his hands away from his body. “That’s what they’ll do.” ‘Whoosh’ is not a word often applied to the slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum — affectionately called ‘Dicty’ by its devoted following of cell biologists and geneticists — but Myre,…

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