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Trader Digest: North Korea Executes Forex Trader

This week in Trader Digest, a Forex trader has been executed under Kim Jong-Un's brutal regime, the great Oxbridge rivalry turns to crypto trading, and Amazon and Tesla continue their Covid surge...

WHAT WE'RE READING

North Korea executes forex trader as Kim tightens grip on economy
‘Supreme leader speeds up centralisation of power as Covid and sanctions halt growth’ FINANCIAL TIMES

Buying a First Home is More Fraught Than Ever for Millennial Brits
‘Government incentives have spurred demand despite a flagging economy. Property experts have a few tips.’ BLOOMBERG

Oxford Competes with Cambridge to Win Algorithmic Crypto Trading Contest
‘Students from the world’s top universities are participating in a trading competition launched by APEX:E3.’ FINANCE MAGNATES

Tesla's upcoming S&P 500 debut fuels 'crazy' trading volume
‘Shares in the electric car maker led by CEO Elon Musk rose almost 3% on Wednesday and have now surged 40% since Nov. 16, when it was announced Tesla would join the S&P 500 in December.’ ECONOMIC TIMES

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO

How Money Became a Form of Social Media
‘There are many similarities between cryptocurrencies and social networks. And the rise of payment apps like Venmo make the link between payments and social media explicit. But this convergence between money and social media goes back a long time.’ BLOOMBERG

How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Increased Amazon's Dominance
‘As high street rivals were forced to close this year, Amazon has gone from strength to strength. But reports of conditions in some of its huge warehouses have brought a new level of scrutiny.’ THE GUARDIAN

Why Johnson's Splashing Cash on Climate and Defence
‘FT writers dissect the PM's big new spending plans for the armed forces and a 'green recovery'’ FINANCIAL TIMES

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING

The Queen's Gambit
‘In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.’ NETFLIX

The Haunting of Bly Manor
‘Dead doesn't mean gone. An au pair plunges into an abyss of chilling secrets in this gothic romance from the creator of "The Haunting of Hill House."’ NETFLIX

Trading Places
‘The story of a down-and-out con artist who trades lifestyles with a well-to-do investor (Dan Aykroyd). Two wealthy power players (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) set the wheels turning with a crazy bet.’ AMAZON