The illegal dealing in shares by people who, because of their privileged position, have information that materially impacts on the value of the shares, before that information has been made public. This type of dealing is extremely difficult to control and is a constant feature of most share markets, especially where special situations such as take-overs are about to occur. The only protection is to keep a careful watch on the volume traded, because massive volumes are an indication that someone knows something that you don’t.

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