The more questions I ask about investing, the more questions I have. While talking derivatives last week, Simon mentioned arbitrage. It’s a term smart folks like to use at investment conferences. When they do, I nod and hope people can’t really smell fear.
In this episode I find out arbitrage is a lot like being Batman – all you really need is a ton of money and dead parents. I’m only half kidding. When a share is traded on more than one market, price differences creep in. Arbitrage is when you buy the cheaper share on one market and sell it at the higher price on the other market. I thought this sounded like a pretty awful way to earn a living, but it turns out computers can do it for you while you do things that are fun. Like be Batman.
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