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Conduct risk - financial markets

In financial services, front-running is the unethiclal and likely criminally fraudulent practice of buying securities or making other trades to take advantage of private/confidential knowledge of a future event, for example a large purchase order from a client - an order for currency, shares, commodities, etc.

Distinguishing front-running (unacceptable, probably illegal) from pre-hedging (probably aceptable, even legal) is important for all concerned, but can be very difficult.

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