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Trader Digest: Digging For Gold

This week in Trader Digest an unsuspecting gardener pulls up more than just weeds, a group of traders hit the jackpot, and John le Carre's death prompts us to enjoy a spy TV binge...

WHAT WE’RE READING

Slowing Climate Change With Sewage Treatment for the Skies
‘Removing carbon from the atmosphere is expensive—but so are a lot of other necessary things.’ BLOOMBERG

The Essex Boys: How Nine Traders Hit a Gusher With Negative Oil
‘Over the course of a few hours on April 20, a guy called Cuddles and eight of his pals from the freewheeling world of London’s commodities markets rode oil’s crash to a $660 million profit.’ BLOOMBERG

Gardener Discovers Hoard of 15th Century Gold Coins While Pulling up Weeds
‘Gold coins dating to the late 15th century were discovered by someone weeding their garden in Hampshire, as the UK's coronavirus lockdowns led to a rise in amateur finds.’ SKY NEWS

A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures
‘In a world where life changed seemingly overnight, photographers transformed how they worked, trading intimacy for distance. This is what they captured.’ NY TIMES

Gold Hubs Including UAE Pledge Support for Crackdown on Illegal Trade
‘Eleven gold trading hubs including the United Arab Emirates have declared their support for an initiative by the world's most influential bullion market authority to improve regulation on issues such as money laundering and unethical sourcing of gold.’ ECONOMIC TIMES

Airbnb’s IPO Soared Over 100% In It’s First Day Trading
‘Airbnb’s long awaited IPO finally started trading.’ FORBES

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

The Great Debate of 2021
‘In the wake of Covid-19, corporations this year issued trillions of dollars of debt to make it through. Now, according to Josh Lohmeier, head of North American investment-grade credit at Aviva Investors, the big question for next year is: What should and will they do with all that cash?’ BLOOMBERG

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
‘A senior figure at the Secret Intelligence Service, aka The Circus, George Smiley was forced out by his colleagues. But when it transpires The Circus has been infiltrated by a Soviet double agent he's invited back to flush out the mole. Unsure of who to trust and national security at risk he must work in secret.’ AMAZON

The Spy
‘In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.’ NETFLIX