After the New York Times published an exposé that wiped $12 billion out of Wal-Mart’s book-value Felix Salmon wondered if there was a way for the New York Times to make money from this:
- The newspaper could offer a service where big-name hedge funds could pay to get early access to news stories, letting them take advantage of stories that can move the market.
- This is ethical. Other news organizations such as Reuters gives early access to well-paying customers.
- One problem is that whistle-blowers could potentially be persecuted as inside-traders if newspapers were to engage in such a practice.
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