Beings earning a living on trading in fluctuating market speeds, usually virtual rather than physical entities.
Image from Bernd Helfert
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.
- Invisible Hand of the Market, The
- Market Chronology Protection Theorem of Lua - Text by Anders Sandberg
An economic corollary of the chronology protection theorems and the hypereconomic stability axioms, first stated by Ombitti Lua 5543. Agents employing accurate information about the future to manipulate the market cannot earn more than the absolute value of the market volatility operator, and as the number of such agents increase the volatility decreases towards zero.
- Marketer Fleet, The
- Unscanned Market - Text by John B
A semi-mythological portion of the NoCoZo economy dealing with unregistered ("unscanned") products. These products are either incredibly cheap, or not normally available due to sophont rights or other moral or societal restrictions. The best confirmed independent estimates of the Unscanned Market indicate that it is at best a small fraction of a percent of the GCP of the NoCoZo, even if various demagogues inflate the estimate by some factor.