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I don't know enough about how stock exchanges are, in theory, supposed to work and be beneficial.  I don't know enough about how stock exchanges are screwed up at the moment, beyond a general sense.  So I can't really comment on this.

Having non-profit, government controlled exchanges sounds good, but that's just because I think "non-profit" and "government controlled" sound good in general.  I honestly don't know why they would be better in this case.

by Zwackus on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 07:56:00 AM EST
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Exchanges provide an infrastructure service, and are a choke point for economic activity. These are two typical justifications for nationalisation.

But I think the urgency is greater for commodity exchanges than for stock exchanges. Everybody knows a stock exchange is a shark pool, so when consenting adults jump into the pool they are kinda asking for it. Whereas commodities exchanges are much more of a choke point for the real economy: A shipping company needs to be able to buy bunkering oil six months forward, because it needs to be able to plan its logistics six months ahead. So it has to participate in the commodities markets.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 11:27:36 AM EST
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