Market Speeders
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Beings earning a living on trading in fluctuating market speeds, usually virtual rather than physical entities.

Market speeders thrive in most sufficiently complex and fast markets. Only the most powerful and sentient markets (such as the NoCoZo Market) achieve the size and overall stability that enables true market speeder cultures to develop and achieve persistence. The Inner Sphere market speeders have an unbroken cultural history of nearly 3000 years, making many observers view them as one of the most successful clades.

Transapient-level market speeders are known to exist, especially in the NoCoZo, Keter and the Fomalhaut Acquisition Society; these entities are believed to use so-called Buy Time Machines to increase their temporal advantage.
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Text by Anders Sandberg
Initially published on 08 December 2001.