Tag Archives: ISDS

Brexit: Hedge Funds’ Private Exit Polls

“There will be no public exit polls, but the hedge fund industry are rumored to be holding exit polls to get an early indication of the result. “

https://www.tradingfloor.com/posts/rain-private-polls-the-last-brexit-question-marks-7814014

“Hedge funds, it appears, have been commissioning private exit polls so they can get an edge in currency trading before the official result of Britain’s vote on EU membership is announced. In the absence of published exit polls, the rest of us will be watching the foreign exchange markets for clues. To anyone considering a punt on sterling on referendum day, though, the advice should be: don’t try this at home.”

FT – don’t bother it’s paywalled
Forbes: The Fascinating Economics Of The Hedge Funds’ Private Brexit Exit Polls

Polling companies have told the Financial Times that demand is high for their services on referendum day.

“Hedge funds have asked for exit polls and for hourly polls on the day,” one pollster said.

“Banks are certainly commissioning polls for their own consumption that are never released.”

The cost of an exit poll, where researchers record votes electronically and send them to headquarters, is around £500,000 (US$730,000) – much lower than the potential profits available from finding out whether Leave or Remain is likely to win, according to the newspaper.

Betting odds have suggested the chances of a Remain victory are as high as 80 percent.

RT: The Big Brexit Short: Hedge funds’ exit polls could move markets & predict outcome

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Billy Gates removed from Brexit Campaign site

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Note: It would seem that Billy Boy Gates (Gatinski) has been removed from “EU REFERENDUM: WHAT EXPERTS SAY” site.
Why? Possibilities that come to mind are, the strongerin.co.uk site choose to remove him or Billy requested removal. Well, let us ask a few questions about another IN (remain/stay) supporter, Richard Branson. Is Richard Branson, another pretentious lying corporate pirate, deluding his employees and customers with feigned concern for their welfare? Does Richard Branson dream about TPP/TTIP and ISDS? Is Richard Branson on board concerning the corrupt lobby friendly superstate that is the EU?

TPP & TTIP Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) as Kangaroo Courts

The US, Europe and certain Pacific nations are engaged in secret trade deals.
We have trade rules not made in “public” or enforced in the “public”.
Instead we have what amounts to Kangoroo courts. I liked the definition found at duhaime.org

Kangaroo Court Definition:
A judicial proceeding or trial which has a predetermined outcome or where the basic legal rights of a party are jumped over.

“To describe the inquiry as a kangaroo court was to pour scorn upon the inquiry….

“(A) kangaroo court … an un-authorised or irregular court conducted with disregard for or perversion of legal procedure.

“To describe either a court or an inquiry pursuant to a commission as a kangaroo court is to be contemptuous of it.”

TTIP: A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing

Published on Aug 29, 2014
Alarm bells on ISDS are ringing this loud for a reason: ISDS allows foreign firms to bypass domestic courts and sue governments (hence citizens, through taxes) directly in private trade tribunals if they feel that a government’s action can unfairly diminish future returns on their investments.

Until recently, ISDS provisions mostly featured in bilateral state-to-state investment treaties, and were designed to offer investors protection from actions by governments in countries with legal systems perceived to be poorly developed…

MEPs debate public response to TTIP

22 January 2015 Last updated at 16:07
http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-30840076

However, British Labour member Jude Kirton-Darling said public opposition to ISDS was “very clear” and that the organisations that submitted opinions represented “millions of people”.

French Green member Yannick Jadot also repeated that opposition to the proposals must be heeded, and said the Commission had a “dangerous tendency” to dismiss criticism with which it did not agree.

BBC – Transatlantic trade debate

http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/house-of-commons-30838066
16 January 2015 Last updated at 10:34 Help
MPs took part in a debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 15 January 2015.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-30829562

Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock is replying for the government.
“We are, as a nation, deeply committed to free and fair exchange,” he says.
He adds: “TTIP is about free and fair trade.”

TTIP is free and fair? Then why the secrecy?

Why are only a handful of MPs allowed into the reading room without recording equipment to see the documents.
Lord Livingston is amongst the few that has access to the documents. Lord Livingstone will be at the European Scrutiny committee meeting on 11th Feb 2015.

The UK has 90 International Trade deals involving Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion)
Czech republic, Slovakia and Poland…are in trade agreements that include Investor Dispute mechanism and have been sued 170 times…