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Market Manipulation

Market Manipulation

Market manipulation is the act of artificially inflating or deflating the price of a security. There are two methods of market manipulation.

Matched purchases occur when a group of brokers decide to buy and sell a particular security between them to artificially inflate trading volume and induce interest from investors who purchase the stock, resulting in a temporary price spike. The brokers then sell their stock at a profit.

The second way to manipulate a stock's price is the wash sale, a...

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