A market participant who tries to profit from buying and selling futures and options contracts by anticipating future price movements. Speculators assume market price risk and add liquidity and capital to the futures markets. Chicago Board of Trade glossary
One who buys and sells stocks, land, etc., risking his capital with the goal of earning a profit from price changes. In contrast to gamblers, speculators understand and evaluate existing market risks on the basis of data and experience, while gamblers are those who seek out man-made risks or " invest" in a roll of the dice. The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary
One who attempts to anticipate price changes and, through buying and selling contracts, aims to make profits. A speculator does not use the market in connection with the production, processing, marketing, or handling of a product. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
See: trader. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
An individual who does not hedge, but who trades in commodity futures or options with the objective of achieving profits through the successful anticipation of price movements. The speculator has no interest in taking delivery. Chicago Mercantile Exchange Glossary
An investor or trader hoping for large profits from risky positions, i.e. a risk taker. Contrast with a hedger, who wishes to reduce risk from an existing position. It is the speculator who takes on the risk which has been transferred from the hedger. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein financial glossary

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speculator spec‧u‧la‧tor [ˈspekjleɪtə ǁ -ər] noun [countable] FINANCE
someone who buys goods, shares, property, or foreign currency in the hope that their value will increase so that they can be sold again at a higher price in order to make a profit:

• Speculators who bought the options before the bid and sold 24 hours later showed a 100% profit.

• a currency speculator

• a Wall Street speculator

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   An investor who practices speculation. A speculator tries to anticipate price changes with a view to making profits. Generally, speculators have no long-term interest in the securities or assets they trade in.
   ► See also Hedging.

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speculator UK US /ˈspekjʊleɪtər/ US  /-ɚ/ noun [C] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
a person who buys goods, property, money, etc. in the hope of selling them at a profit: »

a currency/land/market speculator


We should not bail out lenders, real estate speculators, or those who made the reckless decision to buy a home they knew they could never afford.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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