The Harbourtown Star did an exposé on recent gangland killings and their effect on investors.
Collateral Financial Damage From Gang Killings
by Yuki Strong
Recent gangland killings have wiped out many of the smaller players in Harbourtown’s criminal underground. Not much is known about the murders, which have increased in frequency over the last few months. Some speculate that an off book government initiative to employee vigilante kill squads is behind what is clearly an organised effort, but Harbourtown Police Force has been predictably tight lipped.
The reduction in criminal population has left at least one other group out in the cold. Traders who invest in gang related crime via the dark net:
“In the last decade gangs have become more image focused, with many showing a strong presence in social media, complete with individual branding,” says criminologist Wendy Schubert. “Some gang leaders have become as famous as rock stars, even selling merchandise. This, combined with a lack of trust in the Harbourtown government. have led many to start trading what are essentially stocks in a gang behaviour.”
Star’s finance editor Ned Harris says this is kind of trading is pure speculation:
“Investors trade what are called derivatives,” explains Harris. “Unlike traditional shares or futures, you don’t actually own a part of the gang or the right to buy part of the gang at a certain price. The derivative’s value is influenced by how successful a gang is, for example if a gang posts on their social page about taking over new territory or there are rumours of a successful drug deal, the value tends to go up. Apart from sketchy legality and no safe guards against insider trading, the problem with this system is that there is no regulation to ensure information given to investors is factual.”
Investing in gangs is part of a trend we’re seeing with individuals moving away from traditional markets and into new alternatives. Online trader Perp_d told us he invests in gang derivatives because he can’t compete with banks and other financial institutions in traditional markets: “They have it all locked down, they have hundreds of employees and ridiculous computer power all constantly crunching to get their money.”
Perp_d is a member of one of many forum-based online communities where gang traders swap information and spread disinformation. Another poster, beezleBob69, told the Star about his trading experience, “Last year I bought five g’s of the Red Vipers and when they took out a few other gangs and expanded their territory I pulled out close to 40k. How else can I invest and make money with only some street smarts?”
With the pool of gangs getting smaller the market is starting to dry up traders are suffering big loses. When asked about how the killings have affected his earnings, poster theBIGdawg told us, “Every time a gang I invest in gets hit I lose everything. I had to sell all I could, I’m out. Done. The game’s just too dangerous now. I’m deep in the hole and still I’m holding shit in my portfolio I couldn’t give away.”
“Essential what these people are doing is gambling. The closest analogy is sports betting and with the changes we’re seeing now it looks like the season is over,” concludes Harris.
So people invest in gang derivatives instead of conventional markets because banks and corporations run the conventional markets.
Seems to me that the most likely source of the killings is big business and the SHINE. They’re probably sick of people investing in markets they can’t tap, so they’re wiping out the market. Looks like the season ain’t over for Team SHINE, they’re playing right through to the championships.