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Part 2: The New Laws > Trading Like Commodities

Chapter 2. Trading Like Commodities

Stocks are increasingly being bought and sold like commodities.

The financial markets are a mirror image of what goes on in the outside world. Every day the pace quickens, the level of complexity grows, and the challenges people face just to survive become ever more daunting. Some cope by becoming better organized or by trying to improve their level of skill and understanding through training and education. Others adopt more flexible approaches, choosing to “go with the flow” and adjusting strategies as best as they can. Various individuals call on specialists or bring in systems that can take on at least some of the dirty work, so they can focus on what they do well. Many, however, make the choice to rejig their decision-making and direct their efforts towards circumstances most likely to affect them in the near term. In the stock market, as Figure 2.1 seems to indicate, countless operators appear to have moved in that direction, and in doing so, they are changing the nature of the share-trading game. Like it or not, to succeed in today’s world, investors must take account of this new, more speculative reality.


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