Amazing! £110 Million in One Trade

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    1. Yes true. Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts; it may be all you have to trust. Many a time, people bet heavily on their gut feelings and they win! Higher the stakes, higher the gain.

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  1. A windfall with lady luck smiling hard…I guess for James and Soros..pound wagering over an uncertain outcome did augur well for these gentlemen especially with the stakes so high!!!

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    1. Very true Sunita ji. Sometime people bet heavily on their gut feelings and they win! Higher the stakes, higher the gain. They are speculators. Many people consider George Soros to be an investor, but he prefers the term speculator. In fact, he has said that “an investment is a speculation that has gone wrong.”

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    1. Yes Somali. They are in fact speculators. Many people consider George Soros to be an investor, but he prefers the term speculator. In fact, he has said that “an investment is a speculation that has gone wrong.” John Keynes defined speculation as “the activity of forecasting the psychology of the market”, and speculative motive as “the object of securing profit from knowing better than the market with the future will bring.”

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      1. True. Windfall gains can only arise out of speculation because one cannot beat the market consistently. But then these people have successfully zeroed in on such speculations that have a huge upside and limited downside. In this case too if Britain chose to stay on still the currency would not really have strengthened much more than it already was….but then how many people thought that exit could be a possiblity too.

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        1. Yes true. Need to remember the adage “Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em”, otherwise you may lose everything.
          Last exit polls were in favour of Remain. Sterling also was returning to its normal level and so market had priced in for Remain to a large extent.

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        2. Another thing comes to my mind is that now that gbp has fallen and there may not be much reason for it to strengthen in the very near future people may now short more and that could lead to the value going down further.

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        3. Market reacts sharply to shocks. The Pound plummeted to 1.32 against the greenback late Thursday, following the shocking referendum’s result, and once market seemed to have digested it, Carney offered a surprise speech, suggesting the BOE is preparing another round of easing for this summer. He hinted that August will likely be the time to cut, but that they could also act as soon as next July 14th. The pair recovered some ground and holding around the 1.33 figure.
          Any further movement will depend upon the political developments and the negotiations between the UK and the EU.

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  2. Of course, most of the market called the result wrong, and hence the FTSE adjustment the day after the result – it’s now higher than pre-Brexit, interestingly. How did Odey realise the gain, by the way, as it was primarily a move against the U.S. dollar?

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