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Retail investors often complain about market makers "shaking the tree", so as a former market maker of 18 years, I want to explain how this is largely a conspiracy theory, writes Wayne Grossman of Aarcas Partners. To explain this properly, we have to go back to the time of the Big Bang.
By the Big Bang, I mean the London Stocks Exchange's dual capacity reforms in the 1980s, NOT the start of the universe! Since the October 1986 deregulation, market makers on the London Stock Market have evolved into what are generally integrated trading houses these days.
Graham Spooner, investment research analyst, picks three stocks from last week’s most-bought shares on the London Stock Exchange.
Investment insights highlights this week are: BP, Barclays and Premier Oil which all stand out in a good and in a bad way last week.
Back in 2003 I held a seminar in London and my guest was hedge fund manager and commodities guru Jim Rogers and whilst talking about mining stocks he said: “A gold mine is a hole in the ground with a liar standing on top of it”.
13 years on I still remember these wise words and any investment in a mining stock should only be considered with risk capital and it’s important to have an exit strategy.
Typically, before each Chinese New Year gold is given to others to welcome good fortune. However, there is no guarantee that the price of gold around the world will rise.
When looking at a chart of gold purchased from 2005 to 2014 you will see a gradual increase in purchasing over these years.
International trade is the lifeblood of the global economy, allowing nations to reap the benefits of their comparative advantage in an increasingly competitive environment.
Each day, billions of dollars in capital, goods and services are transported across the globe to consumers and producers.