"Because so few of the world’s real producers, consumers and investors deal on the COMEX, the exchange has developed into a 'bucket shop' or a private betting parlor exclusively comprised of speculators. Again, this is an intentional development as much more trading volume is generated by speculative High Frequency Trading (HFT) than by legitimate hedgers (like miners) transferring risk to speculators.
Legitimate hedgers don’t day trade. It is no exaggeration to say that the COMEX has been captured by speculators and abandoned by legitimate hedgers."
Ted Butler, Butler Research LLC, March 19, 2014
You may wish to keep what Ted Butler has said in mind.
I find it difficult to understand how so many otherwise intelligent people are willing to blind themselves to what is going on in so many markets and key benchmarks, often with a sense of false sophistication and snide superiority. 'Oh yes of course there is price rigging, insider trading, and corruption in the markets. But that is only for the little people, who really deserve to be cheated. It is not for people like us. We know better.'
BloombergHave a pleasant evening.
SEC Said Examining Hidden Electronic Bond Trading Prices
By Lisa Abramowicz Mar 20, 2014
"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining how electronic bond-trading platforms allow dealers to give clients different prices on the same securities in the $40 trillion market, potentially hurting smaller investors.
SEC regulators want to understand why brokers sometimes block their rivals and clients from seeing some of their prices for municipal, corporate and other bonds, according to a person with direct knowledge of the examination. They’re concerned that being able to turn quotes on and off may allow market manipulation, and that smaller buyers may not get the best prices, the person said..."