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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:14 PM
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British regulator fines drunken oil trader (no, not GW Bush)
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:16 PM by UrbScotty
Source: New York Times

Alcohol-induced behavior has produced many unintended consequences, but pushing up the global price of oil and losing $10 million must rank among the most novel.

Britains financial regulator disclosed on Tuesday that Steven Noel Perkins, a former oil futures broker, single-handedly engineered a jump in the price of oil a year ago and cost his firm millions of dollars with a string of unauthorized trades after a weekend of heavy drinking.

Mr. Perkins had just returned from a liquor-soaked golf weekend with colleagues in June of last year when he sat down in front of his laptop at his home east of London and started to place bets on Brent crude futures, according to a report by the Financial Services Authority. He continued to drink and place bets through the night, and by the morning of June 30, Mr. Perkins had placed more than $520 million worth of trades, at one point pushing the price of oil to $73.05, an eight-month high. The trades by Mr. Perkins were the main reason the price gained about $1.65 a barrel in just over two hours in the middle of the night, according to the report.

Mr. Perkinss explanation for his trading on 29 and 30 June is that he was drunk, the F.S.A. said. He claims to have limited recollection of events on Monday and claims to have been in an alcohol-induced blackout at the time he traded.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/business/global/01oil...
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:03 PM
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1. But the Ne Cons assured me this just reflected supply and demand!!
I don't believe this story at all. I have it on good advice that the market is driven by supply and demand and that there is no manipulation at all. Regulation of derivatives and the like is not needed because the magic of the market will protect consumers.

Yeah right....
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LawnKorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:41 PM
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2. Oh come on now, GW Bush is not a drunken oil trader ... He is just a plain old traitor
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