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July 31, 2011, 03:30:52 PM
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Second, the free market works because of the price signals represent the real choices of the people. When you distort those signals the outcome is not a free market outcome, even when apparently were done "freely" by someone.
According to your own logic, free market can never happen because "freedom" gives ability to distort signal those signals ( for example speculation in general or HFT in particular )  or many more .

Sorry, I though I was talking with someone who knows the basics. Let me explain:

If you make a voluntary choice, that is not using violence or thread of violence, you are not distorting the singals. You are peacefully cooperating.

If you foce people to make some decisions or deprive them of options using violence or thread of violence then you are distorting the signals in the market because people is not choosing according to their needs but forced.

Now try again.

EDIT: And let me clarify again because I think you did not get it. I did not say HFT is not free market. What I said is the way is used today and in general the state of the whole financial system is not a free market outcome, but an outcome of the progressive/conservative policies.
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Sorry, I though I was talking with someone who knows the basics. Let me explain:

If you make a voluntary choice, that is not using violence or thread of violence, you are not distorting the singals. You are peacefully cooperating.

If you foce people to make some decisions or deprive them of options using violence or thread of violence then you are distorting the signals in the market because people is not choosing according to their needs but forced.


So what you saying is that for example JP MORGAN selling silver naked short is a peaceful cooperation and its is not distortion of price of any kind ?? Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  Shocked Shocked

EDIT: And let me clarify again because I think you did not get it. I did not say HFT is not free market. What I said is the way is used today and in general the state of the whole financial system is not a free market outcome, but an outcome of the progressive/conservative policies.

Well i responded to someone who claimed that HFT is not a free market.
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August 01, 2011, 08:46:57 AM
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So what you saying is that for example JP MORGAN selling silver naked short is a peaceful cooperation and its is not distortion of price of any kind ?? Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  Shocked Shocked

Ok, back to basics again. As a friendly advise let me tell you that if you try you will see that reading some books is more effective than posting a lot of emoticons.

The banking system in most developed economies is an oligopoly around the government created money monopolly. The banks receive several privileges on the issuances of currency from the government and this regulations that the government grants to the banks are imposed through violence or thread of violence. The way the banking system is regulated is far more complicated, but this is a start.

Btw, Im not claiming that anything represents a incredible distorsion of the free market. During history there has been some periods with some mild regulations but they were close to a free system. But the present monetary and financial system is the opposite to a free market money system. We live under a government money monopolly, which is the opposite extreme.

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Well i responded to someone who claimed that HFT is not a free market.

You were answering to me and misrepresented what I was saying. Its all there so go back and check.
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August 02, 2011, 03:46:40 PM
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...the present monetary and financial system is the opposite to a free market money system. We live under a government money monopolly, which is the opposite extreme.
If you think it's a "free market" system, then just try to open your own stock exchange or bank, or IPO your own stock on Ebay or Craigslist!

And yes, I'm aware of GLBSE.com.  How long do you think they'd last if they accepted currencies other than BTC?
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August 05, 2011, 10:00:07 PM
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Tobin tax website? I guessing you are for this monstrosity?

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It is really a form of 'scalping', and admitted that it serves no role whatsoever to anyone but the person doing the HFT

I don't think he knows very much about markets then. As people make money from price changes, prices are smoothed out and reflect longer term pictures (HFT is short term however, longer term is for usual human investment).

Making money everyday on markets is statistical improbability. Even the best day-traders have days on loses.

Free market is a code word for rigged market. Every empirical evidence suggest just that.

No one in his right mind promotes 'free market' so he exposes him-self to competition over basic resources needed to survive unless he is sure to win.

These aren't day traders, it's algorithmic trading.  BIG difference.  You know there is a 'market failure' when they want to build an oil-derrick in the middle of the Atlantic just to get a slight edge on currency exchanges.  It's utter madness.  For those of you who like Max Keiser, he recently glossed in one of this weeks broadcasts that algorithmic trading and HFT has broken the price discovery mechanism that should exist in markets.

Indeed "Free market" is code, I'm glad you can see that fraud.  Free Market is only selectively used, it truly has no friends or lobbyists of its own (other than the 'true believers' that constitute a large percentage of this forum) due to the built in class conflict that will and always will exist in any system of political economy.  Meaning that when it benefits the big players to use the 'Free Market' myth to continue their exploitation then it is employed, but equally they have no problem taking bailout money and socializing the losses.



I'll keep my politics out of your economics if you keep your economics out of my politics.

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August 05, 2011, 10:06:15 PM
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Over 90% of all trades are algos.. only way to win is to not play.  as far as 'who's money is it' .. its yours..if you are wise enough to not directly invest, all those taxes you pay into public servant pensions gets pennied every millisecond and you pay the bill.


Check out "stop loss killa algo" here.. this is natural gas.... so you pay there as well





Excellent point my friend.

Nobody is immune to this fraudulent behavior going on.  We are all paying for it.  This "printing press" that the man I spoke to is not a printing press at all, it is a financial drain on the real economy.   We already have enough problems without minting a new millionaire a day in this 'gold rush of algorithmic trading' for LITERALLY DOING NOTHING OF ANY PRODUCTIVE OR SOCIAL CONSIDERATION! 

After a period of brief fallout, I'm more committed than ever in trying to raise awareness to this scam.

For those that would like to help and have any skills to lend, please send me a PM.  Thanks.

I'll keep my politics out of your economics if you keep your economics out of my politics.

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August 05, 2011, 10:22:29 PM
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Enjoy your 'free market'.

Nice strawman.

Enjoy the progresive Federal Reserve.

The progressive and conservative policies have taken us down this path, and you still have the audacity of blaming it on non-existing free markets? Do you have any kind of honesty limits or morals?

I don't enjoy the Federal Reserve at all; why should I?  I'm not a rich Wall St. banker who are the beneficiaries of the existing system.  A system that was set up by and for them by the spineless dupe President Wilson.  That is the problem with the Fed, if it was chartered with a nationalistic interest for promoting economic growth and development like the 1st and 2nd Banks of the United States then we would be having a different conversation.  For those chanting "End the Fed", I say "Nationalize the Fed" and use it for the public good as we have before with previous banks and how many other industrialized modern nations have done so in their best interests.

Point being is that the "free market" myth is oft-employed in defense of these actions, as it was as a defense mechanism against the Tobin Tax (and taxes in general regardless of the merit or lack thereof of the tax in question).  It's the selective use of this myth that is one half of the problem.  The other half being (as we've gone over at length about) is that it (the "Free Market") never existed and, worse yet, is insofar undefinable; at least, to the challenge I've made of defining it nobody has been willing to do so.  From what I've seen I'd include you as a 'true believer' of the Free Market.  So please, please, please define what you mean by a Free Market on a new thread.  Maybe we can end this confusion once and for all.

The progressive and conservative policies have taken us down this path?  How so?  What path are you specifically referring to?


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August 05, 2011, 10:26:03 PM
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If bots make more volatility rather than reduce it, them overall they lose money.

Overly simplistic statement is overly simplistic.


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August 05, 2011, 10:37:32 PM
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Let face it, there will be an exchange that allow bots even if all the other exchanges will not. Bitcoin economy is a free market.

If a bunch of millionaires and billionaires want to gamble and have an exchange to which they can stab each other in the back then let them be my guest.  It is keeping them away from the 'host body' of the Real Economy that should be the prerogative.  I'm sure their interest would either wane or be snuffed out, with regards to HFT, from not being able to suck off the "printing press" that constitutes the Real Economy to which all of us pay the toll either directly or indirectly.  Of course we have to get over our childlike understanding that 'Taxes are Evil' and should adopt the adult and socially constructive approach, which is to 'tax evil' (ie, things that are socially destructive).


At risk of rising the ire of the Keynes haters (those that can't agree with anything he said) I'll just leave this right here:
"Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation".
-JMK


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August 05, 2011, 10:52:29 PM
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How freedom to trade with whatever techniques you want is not a "free market" policy ?

Reality sometimes is painful and i understand you may have some difficult time to adjust.

First, we dont need your condescending tone here. Try speaking like a normal person.

Second, the free market works because of the price signals represent the real choices of the people. When you distort those signals the outcome is not a free market outcome, even when apparently were done "freely" by someone. Its a constant in history that when a inflationary period starts it develops a financial boom and fostering reckless speculation. The financial system in the western countries is completely out of control and hypertrofiated, and that is thanks to the progressive policies. You would not be seeing the crazyness or inequalities you see around in a free market.

I have already said that I dont have anything against HFT and the problems I see. I dont believe what the op is saying and he has demonstrated quite a few time that he has not much idea about economics and likes to go over the top. I know someone dedicated to HFT and he is not doing by far that kind of money. It could be that it just happens that the guy I know is very bad at his job I guess.

Well if you don't believe me that's fine.  Nothing I can do about that.  But,

I'm not so childish to tell everyone who doesn't agree with me that they don't know what they are talking about and are economic illiterates as you are basically doing here.  I just try and make my points as clearly and well-though out as possible and expect the same of others. 

I've given you previous opportunity to clarify your positions on topics in the past.  You have declined to do so with any depth or to answer my subsequent questions on the topic when you do so.

For instance I've challenged you to define your oft-used canard of "The Free Market".  You have yet to do so.  I know that is a rather large project and might take a few pages to write but if you aren't up to the task then please don't reference this as if you think we all have a clear idea of what you mean.  We don't.  There is no singular definition of this term yet you use it incessantly.

Please define your terms.  Please try and make 1 point per post rather than alluding to 4 or 5 points per post.

Thank you.

I'll keep my politics out of your economics if you keep your economics out of my politics.

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August 05, 2011, 11:09:54 PM
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Second, the free market works because of the price signals represent the real choices of the people. When you distort those signals the outcome is not a free market outcome, even when apparently were done "freely" by someone.
According to your own logic, free market can never happen because "freedom" gives ability to distort signal those signals ( for example speculation in general or HFT in particular )  or many more .

Its a constant in history that when a inflationary period starts it develops a financial boom and fostering reckless speculation. The financial system in the western countries is completely out of control and hypertrofiated, and that is thanks to the progressive policies. You would not be seeing the crazyness or inequalities you see around in a free market.
As you pointed out free market can never happen.

I have already said that I dont have anything against HFT and the problems I see. I dont believe what the op is saying and he has demonstrated quite a few time that he has not much idea about economics and likes to go over the top. I know someone dedicated to HFT and he is not doing by far that kind of money. It could be that it just happens that the guy I know is very bad at his job I guess.
Still my question has not been answered

How freedom to trade with whatever techniques you want is not a "free market" policy ?


I've challenged this person to define "Free Market" many times.  He never does it.  Yet, I've just challenged him again to it, let's hope he's up for it this time; yet I sense he won't be.  Just like Hayek, Freidman, Hazlitt and others never define it.  Because if they did one would realize that it doesn't exist or has no tangible meaning.  It is a blast of rhetorical hot air that politicians, economists and other vested interests use to dupe a populace into trusting "the market" (a body dominated by the largest fish composed of massive power players, cartels and monopolies) over the population.  If you put it in those terms then obviously nobody would sign up for it.

I'll keep my politics out of your economics if you keep your economics out of my politics.

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August 05, 2011, 11:19:26 PM
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I've challenged this person to define "Free Market" many times.  He never does it.  Yet, I've just challenged him again to it, let's hope he's up for it this time; yet I sense he won't be.  Just like Hayek, Freidman, Hazlitt and others never define it.  Because if they did one would realize that it doesn't exist or has no tangible meaning.  It is a blast of rhetorical hot air that politicians, economists and other vested interests use to dupe a populace into trusting "the market" (a body dominated by the largest fish composed of massive power players, cartels and monopolies) over the population.  If you put it in those terms then obviously nobody would sign up for it.

Does not free market mean being able to sell/buy whatever I want at whatever price I want? That is pretty much my definition of free market. No floor/ceiling on prices and no restrictions on what to sell/buy. ??

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Second, the free market works because of the price signals represent the real choices of the people. When you distort those signals the outcome is not a free market outcome, even when apparently were done "freely" by someone.
According to your own logic, free market can never happen because "freedom" gives ability to distort signal those signals ( for example speculation in general or HFT in particular )  or many more .

Who would want to waste their money distorting prices? High frequency trading algorithms make money buying low and sell high (Or going long low and short high) just like any other trading. Human traders help long term prices buy holding positions in investments which they believe are undervalued for the future. High frequency trading works upon the short term noise.

False.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=25154.0

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I've challenged this person to define "Free Market" many times.  He never does it.  Yet, I've just challenged him again to it, let's hope he's up for it this time; yet I sense he won't be.  Just like Hayek, Freidman, Hazlitt and others never define it.  Because if they did one would realize that it doesn't exist or has no tangible meaning.  It is a blast of rhetorical hot air that politicians, economists and other vested interests use to dupe a populace into trusting "the market" (a body dominated by the largest fish composed of massive power players, cartels and monopolies) over the population.  If you put it in those terms then obviously nobody would sign up for it.

Does not free market mean being able to sell/buy whatever I want at whatever price I want? That is pretty much my definition of free market. No floor/ceiling on prices and no restrictions on what to sell/buy. ??

How does a "Free Market" system work in regards to banking? 

Maybe that's the simpler question to ask.

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If you can agree a price with a buyer/seller.

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Does not free market mean being able to sell/buy whatever I want at whatever price I want? That is pretty much my definition of free market. No floor/ceiling on prices and no restrictions on what to sell/buy. ??

Can i buy slaves ? I Really wish i could.

I hope free market happens.
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August 09, 2011, 08:58:36 AM
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Second, the free market works because of the price signals represent the real choices of the people. When you distort those signals the outcome is not a free market outcome, even when apparently were done "freely" by someone.
According to your own logic, free market can never happen because "freedom" gives ability to distort signal those signals ( for example speculation in general or HFT in particular )  or many more .

Its a constant in history that when a inflationary period starts it develops a financial boom and fostering reckless speculation. The financial system in the western countries is completely out of control and hypertrofiated, and that is thanks to the progressive policies. You would not be seeing the crazyness or inequalities you see around in a free market.
As you pointed out free market can never happen.

I have already said that I dont have anything against HFT and the problems I see. I dont believe what the op is saying and he has demonstrated quite a few time that he has not much idea about economics and likes to go over the top. I know someone dedicated to HFT and he is not doing by far that kind of money. It could be that it just happens that the guy I know is very bad at his job I guess.
Still my question has not been answered

How freedom to trade with whatever techniques you want is not a "free market" policy ?


I've challenged this person to define "Free Market" many times.  He never does it.  Yet, I've just challenged him again to it, let's hope he's up for it this time; yet I sense he won't be.  Just like Hayek, Freidman, Hazlitt and others never define it.  Because if they did one would realize that it doesn't exist or has no tangible meaning.  It is a blast of rhetorical hot air that politicians, economists and other vested interests use to dupe a populace into trusting "the market" (a body dominated by the largest fish composed of massive power players, cartels and monopolies) over the population.  If you put it in those terms then obviously nobody would sign up for it.


The concept of the "free market" is very well defined.  Rothbard defines it here, the wikipedia definition is clear and accurate, Mises talks extensively about what markets are and what the "free" market is in Human Action, and I would simply define it as the sum of all voluntary trades and exchanges between individuals and privately owned companies.
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Does not free market mean being able to sell/buy whatever I want at whatever price I want? That is pretty much my definition of free market. No floor/ceiling on prices and no restrictions on what to sell/buy. ??

Can i buy slaves ? I Really wish i could.

I hope free market happens.

in some parts of Africa, those particularly free parts, you can. Here's to hoping the ann rand types move to Southern Sudan. No big government to worry about there. Freedom got an AK true, but it is a small price to pay for utopia. I'm willing to contribute to one way tickets. Kindness of my heart and hoping you fulfill your dreams and all.  Cheesy

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