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Harvard professor cleared of rigging Portuguese debt

harvardBooneJudges have concluded that is has not been proven that Peter Boone intended to influence the price of Portuguese bonds through his opinion articles on a blog associated with the New York Times.

Peter Boone was accused of market manipulation and pocketing a profit of €800,000 by trading in Portuguese debt. The investigating judge has now closed the case, considering that Boon had no intention of manipulating bond prices and making money.

This case dates back to events in 2010 following the first application for financial assistance by Greece which asked for a €30 billion bail-out.

An article in The New York Times blog "The next global problem: Portugal" was signed off by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson, who pointed to Portugal as the next country likely to collapse into bankruptcy.

On the date of publication of the article in Economix.com the The New York Times blog, the interest rate Portuguese public debt was 4.4%. The following week it had risen to 5%.

Portugal’s Commission for the Securities Market (CMVM) was tracking price movements and eventually made a complaint to the Department of Investigation and Penal Action (DIAP) in Lisbon as it suspected market manipulation.

Five years later, Peter Boone, a well-known consultant and Harvard PhD was accused by the Portuguese prosecutors of manipulating Portuguese public debt for a personal gain of €819,000.


-6 #1 John Davies 2016-10-13 18:53
Portugal STILL IS the next country likely to collapse into bankruptcy ....

Maybe this reality, and the fact that Portugal has no jurisdiction over this individuals 'right to an opinion', helped the Portuguese Judge make up his mind. It would look totally stupid to be haggling at great expense in US courts to get this chap extradited for this alleged offence; with Portugal itself in meltdown.

But again it emphasises how Portugal is still so backward that 'manipulation of the reality' to give out a favourable image is so deeply embedded.Foreign English language media like the FT and WSJ checked and commented on obsessively. Just as in Salazar's time.