A Tobin tax worth considering.

The Tobin tax was a transaction tax first mooted in the 70’s, it was meant to be a tax that would reduce blatant speculation in currency markets.

The revived idea of a ‘financial transaction tax‘ is as flawed now as it was then, because it will likely hurt investment, reduce liquidity and institutions will pass on the cost to private individuals as was seen in the example of Sweden who implemented one for several years in the 80’s. .

However, there are issues in the current market which are distortionary and where a tax might aid the market and reduce volatility, I’m talking about algorithmic trading and high frequency trading. Much of the volume (on US exchanges estimated at c.60%) is not due to people making calls on the market, rather it is on computers that execute trades in short amounts of time, taking a minute …

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