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Female traders are better at buying cheap and selling high. U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr

Why women make the best stock traders

New research reveals not only why female traders buy and sell less than men, but that they may be better at it.
Trading floors like this one – at the old American Stock Exchange in the 1980s – are at the heart of capitalism and financial speculation. David Foster/Flickr via CC BY-ND

Financial speculation: the good, the bad and the parasitic

The word “speculation” carries a connotation of negativity. And it’s probably fair to say that pretty much every financial crisis since the tulip mania of the 1630s can be attributed to some sort of mass…
Where traders lurk. byronv2

Explainer: what are dark pools?

A draft agreement for an overhaul of EU securities trading regulation has now, eventually, been reached. Among other things, some new rules have been designed to regulate the use of “dark pools”. So what…
Can I interest you in the Acme Corporation? I’m hearing great things. Rafael Matsunaga

When Twitter storms cause financial panic

On the morning of 22 January 2013 a story started to develop on Twitter about the imminent and unexpected resignation of Jens Weidmann, the CEO of Deutsche Bundesbank. The first documented tweet came at…
Trades on the ‘grey markets’ are becoming increasingly common in Australia. flickr/zdenadel

Explainer: black markets, grey markets, and dark pools

There are a range of markets available to buyers and sellers that allow them to exchange goods and services. But whereas some markets are highly regulated, others are not regulated at all. The sale of…
I think our algorithm has called in sick. Rafael Matsunaga

Taxing times for high-frequency trading

High-frequency trading, where computer algorithms are programmed to buy and sell financial products in a fraction of a second, is a profitable business but also a controversial practice. Regulators are…
That’s one expensive cetacean. wwfunitedkingdom

A whale of a time: how traders cost JP Morgan billions

As long as there have been financial markets, there have been serious financial losses. But the traders of today have shown a talent for blowing billions. During the most recent round of financial misadventures…
Dividend washing enables some domestic investors to essentially gain a dividend “twice”. Image sourced from

A frank debate - dividend washing and double dipping

There is currently considerable interest in the practice of “dividend washing”. This refers to the practice of investors being able to trade shares cum-dividend for a period after the ex-dividend date…
Are short sellers heroes or villains of financial markets? Image from

Explainer: what is short selling?

Short sellers are often portrayed by the media to be the villains of the financial markets. They are usually presented as evil traders that drive down the prices of good companies. However, the academic…

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