What commodities trading really is
"[Ritchie] provides insights into the ethical and moral inner conflicts that anyone doing business must face and offers illuminating glimpses into the workings of commodities trading, as well as explains how he can be both a rigorous money-maker and a man of strong Christian belief. He writes with a genuine sincerity and without proselytizing."
-American Library Association Booklist
"We soon discovered that commodities trading is unlike Monopoly in a few key ways. First, there is much more money involved and it changes hands faster than in any Monopoly game we had ever played. Second, there is a stunning lack of sportsmanship in the way this game's played. Indeed, it could hardly be called a game at all. Not that it wasn't fun at times. No question about it, when the money is flowing your way, there is a sense of sheer delight. What a shame that it has to be a two-way street."
"I was getting accustomed to making and losing money by watching numbers on a board. But on the day that the February contract closed six and a half cents higher than the December contract, $500 against me, leaving only $2,000 of the original $2,500, I began to get a little concerned. (The closing price, called the "settlement," is the number used at the end of each trading day to transfer money either to or from an account.) Still believing that the market would go the other way, however, I held the position."
Excerpt from God in the Pits, The Enron-Jihad Edition, by Mark Andrew Ritchie
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