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MANIPULATION – Is it a Matter of Definition?

from Armstrong Economics:

QUESTION: Hello Mr. Armstrong, Thank you very much for your blog – I visit daily! Is it possible that both you and the gold bugs are correct? I think your argument with the gold bugs may be a misunderstanding. The problem lies in how you define manipulation. When a large sale occurs in illiquid hours, I can’t think of a legitimate/logical reason – If you can please advise.

ANSWER: If you define manipulation as just impacting a market for a quick buck that is one thing. If you define manipulation as change the actual trend – that is impossible. The banks with their proprietary trading ALWAYS seek the guaranteed trade. They are goosing the market in one direction or the other. However, that takes place WITH the trend. Trying to change the trend as Japan attempted for 23 years utterly failed.

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