Traders may be exploiting leaked official UK economic data to make money, study suggests

Traders may be using leaked official data to make money ahead of the release of UK economic statistics, a new analysis suggests.

Futures on UK government bonds, which rise or fall depending on the outlook for the UK economy, regularly move sharply in the 24 hours before the release of economic data such as GDP and unemployment rates, suggesting that some people may know the figures in advance.

Between April 2011 and December 2016, UK government bond futures, on average, correctly anticipated the rise or fall that was later announced in official figures, according to an analysis for

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