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Below is the chart for the brand-new market on whether Sarah Palin’s vice-presidential nomination will be withdrawn:
You can see the complete page at intrade here.
If you think that Palin will be John McCain’s running mate, then you would sell and pocket the difference as the market settles to zero. If you think that she will be replaced, then you would buy and pocket the difference when the market goes to $1.00
So right now this market’s conviction is that there is about a 15% chance for this event. To see what I mean, check out the chart of the market for Palin’s nomination:
As the chart shows, the nomination came out of left field but those who had bought made a lot of money!
Although many call these markets “prediction” markets, they aren’t crystal balls that perfectly foretell the future. They simply reflect all available information at a specific point in time. For example, check out what they were saying during the Democratic and Republican nomination process for president.
The Iowa Electronic Market is another well-known “prediction market”. You can see the graph of the presidential race here.
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