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lonely bird, Now that the election is over stock trading comes back into focus. It is almost overwhelming in both the technical and moral aspect. Here are my intuitive only non educated observavations.
Technically: Faster signal delivery, super computers, artificial market makers, algorithm algorithms and all the rest beyond outsider observation.
Morally ethically: They don't even try to hide front running, actually pay a fee to observe trades in the process of being executed with the purpose of acting on that information, front running is only available to exclusive operators, trading is more than 85% electronically generated, hiding the fact that new money is the income servicing derivative trading, derivatives have no interest in the market, federal law supersedes local law permitting gambling, gambling replacing labor as income source.
Extrapolated outcome: Next big crash will evaporate retirement funds with repercussions I can't imagine. Will "hang in there" work. No warning from powers that be because any outcome improves their position. The analogy for passive acceptance is San Francisco. The indications are twofold. Warning: San Francisco is particularly vernable for a destructive earthquake. Reaction: " It is almost totally disregarded ".