Friday, 5 May 2017

The work of the arbitrageurs (Market arbitrage)

A particular commodity, e.g., gold,  trades virtually at virtually the same price in different markets in the world.

This is the work of the arbitrageurs.

The arbitrageurs will keep buying and selling until the spread in the prices in the two markets is eliminated.

The arbitrageurs will be pocketing the profits on the price spread between the two markets until the price spread finally disappears.

These transactions today are done with high-speed computers and very sophisticated software programs, which are owned and operated by many of the giant financial institutions of the world.

Arbitraging a price difference between two different markets, usually within minutes of the price discrepancy showing up is known as "market arbitrage".

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