How do Speculators make money?
Now comes the notion of taxing financial transactions to reduce the return to speculation (link to Paul Krugman). What this tax will do is increase price swings over time. Suppose that the transaction costs of buying and selling oil as well as storage costs come to 10 cent a barrel. In that case, you would have to expect the price to rise by a dime before it would pay for speculators to arbitrage away any expected price increase. Now suppose that you add a tax of 20 cents. Well, of course, the increase in price would have to be 30 cents before speculators will act to limit the rise. Is that good? As usual, Krugman's piece doesn't have what amounts to economic reasoning to defend his position.