Monday, June 14, 2010

Markets in Everything: Box-Office Futures

LA TIMES -- "Box-office futures have passed a final regulatory hurdle, clearing the way for the first bets to be placed in the near future, and overcoming objections by Hollywood that sought to block it.

In a 3-2 vote, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday afternoon approved a contract created by the company Media Derivatives that would allow traders to bet on the gross receipts that a movie pulls in during its opening weekend.

Media Derivatives already won CFTC approval for the exchange on which these contracts would be traded – the Trend Exchange -- but it needed the CFTC to sign off on the contract in order to allow traders to begin placing positions."

HT: Steve Bartin


At 6/15/2010 12:39 PM, Anonymous Lyle said...

Just another ploy on Wall Streets part to play the vampire and suck more money out of the economy. It seems that Wall Street needs a gaming commission to regulate it as it is acting more and more as a casino. In a casino you know you will loose because of the houses cut and wall street is doing the best job possible of playing a casino.
This is just another obscene wall street innovation.

At 6/21/2010 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lyle, the term you are looking for is "lose", not "loose".

And please explain how you believe this regulated, centrally-cleared futures exchange for opening weekend box office receipts will "suck more money out of the economy".


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