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Finance Glossary

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Market Manipulation


Manipulating a market is a nasty thing to do and is illegal in the United States. (Good luck in other markets...) There are a lot of different schemes, such as wash trades, but the common element for all market manipulation is that they attempt to influence the price of a security or a basket of securities through buying and selling actions that have nothing to do with the fundamentals of the security itself.