Posted by Jesse Livermore on Sunday, January 3, 2010
I’-ve been gone for a while. There just hasn’-t been that much happening on Intrade, and I’-ve been focusing on neuroscience.
Intrade has definitely gotten tougher over the past year. I think the 2008 election drew in a lot of people who weren’-t very good at politics or gambling. By now those people have either lost their money or gotten better. Hopefully the 2010 elections will draw in a new crop.
In the mean time, Intrade’-s management has not done a great job in developing the brand. My impression is that volume is off by more than 50% compared to last year. Chief difficulties: – Absolutely no advertising whatsoever. – Diminished interest in politics in an off-year. – Getting money onto the site requires a lot of determination and a visit to a gas station to buy a Netspend card.
Future updates on this blog will be less-than-daily, basically when I have an opinion about politics that I feel like sharing.
As we have blogged here many times, not every prediction market is created equal.Some are bound to aggregate bits of known information.Some others (e.g., the Olympic city prediction markets) are not able to do that, because no good information is leaking out. The IOC is a close aristocratic group that does not leak out good information. Those who forgot that and bet the farm on Chicago are now licking their wounds. You need an information analyst to assess whether a particular prediction market is pertinent.
– The prediction markets are not able to forecast which country will get the Olympics. The IOC is a close aristocratic group that does not leak information. Hence, it is not possible to aggregate information.
Ben Shannon (alias “-Jesse Livermore”-, who blogs at “-Wiser Than The Crowd”-) claims on his blog to have an uncanny ability at forecasting the future and profiting from it, whether it is speculating on InTrade’-s prediction markets or on the US stock market. Here is his stock market call from July 10, 2009:
SELL SELL SELL
The stock market is up about 12% since Ben Shannon’-s “-sell sell sell”- call on July 10th.
Spot the 10th on the chart…- Ben Shannon sold the exact bottom immediately before the rally.