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Portfolio - Investment Products
Futures Trading for the Masses
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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In the popular 1983 film "Trading Places," Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd play two men duped by successful commodities brokers, the Duke brothers. In the penultimate scene, the characters played by Murphy and Aykroyd conspire to turn the tables on the Dukes by passing to them a falsified early crop report showing an orange grove freeze. The Dukes bid up orange concentrate futures, while Murphy and Aykroyd take the other side of the trade. When the real crop report comes out showing normal weather, prices plummet. The Dukes lose their fortune; our heroes have their revenge and make a fortune.

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