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SEC Spent $460K on “Investomania” Meme Stock Ad

SEC Meme stock ad campaign costs
Market News: SEC spends nearly half a million dollars ridiculing retail investors.

The SEC spent nearly half a million dollars on the ‘meme stock’ ad campaign that ridiculed millions of retail investors.

A Twitter user had sent in a FOIA application inquiring about the costs to produce “Investomania”, the video published on the SEC’s official YouTube channel.

The agency that was established in the early 1930s to protect retail investors took a shot at millions of investors who participated in the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.

The frenzy became one of the biggest movements worldwide and exposed Ken Griffin’s Citadel, mainstream media, and the SEC in a web of conflicts of interest which catered to an array of market injustices that favored institutional investors over retail investors.

“Investomania” was a cold hit to the millions of average people who joined the stock market for the first time.

It ridiculed new investors and diminished what could possibly be one of the biggest movements in market history.

Let’s discuss it.

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Is the SEC Complicit to Market Injustices?

is the SEC complicit to market injustices?
Gary Gensler – SEC Chairman.

The SEC has put retail investor’s concerns on the backburner for over a year now ever since the ‘meme stock’ frenzy of 2021.

Although Redditors and social media participants from around the world managed to create big success by driving up the share price of AMC, GameStop, and others (BBBY, etc.), much much more was discovered during the process.

This is why retail investors simply couldn’t just walk away.

‘Meme stocks’ became the average person’s first-ever investment in the stock market which means many entered plays based on FOMO, or fear of missing out.

When these stocks began to come back down, many faced serious losses in the process.

Those who didn’t take profits argued that the stocks were heavily manipulated and suppressed from further rising.

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services found Robinhood and Citadel negotiated in ‘blunt’ conversations the night before ‘meme stocks’ were halted.

The DTCC on the other hand waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021.

This act saved institutional investors from taking further damages and completely ripped off retail investors from either cashing in larger profits or becoming profitable in the first place.

The SEC Shows a Warm Welcome to New Retail Investors

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said in an interview with Jon Stewart that they barely have the budget for coffee at their agency, let alone the budget to fight crime in the market.

Dark pools, off exchange trading, and various other loopholes have been used to work against retail investors feeding the pockets of multi-billion-dollar hedge funds.

Many have wondered whether the SEC or Gary Gensler himself is lobbied into allowing these market injustices to occur – a fine to play if you will.

Out of all the incredible findings retail investors have brought to surface, the SEC decided to spend nearly half a million dollars to ridicule retail investors – the very same people they swore to defend, instead of tackling real market issues.

A Twitter user shared the campaigns production and advertising expenses with the retail community.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission FY22 Public Service Campaign.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission FY22 Public Service Campaign.
'Investomania' advertising costs.
‘Investomania’ advertising costs.

The costs of the “Investomania” meme stock advertisement campaign also include skits on ‘crypto’, ‘margin calls’, and ‘easy money’ aimed at the retail crowd.

Former SEC Branch Chief Lisa Braganca stated she was “very disappointing to see SEC disparage investors in meme stocks as if they must have done it thoughtlessly”.

“Especially when the SEC permits most trading to take place in dark pools… how about a video about dark pools @GaryGensler?”

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Is the SEC complicit to the market manipulation that’s occurred over the decades?

What do you think was the purpose of the SEC’s ‘Investomania’ meme stock advertisement campaign?

Was it merely fun and games or do you think it was out of line?

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AMTD Digital Inc. (HKD Stock) Surges 311% on Wednesday

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Market News: HKD Stock is skyrocketing again

HKD Stock surged a massive 311% on Wednesday when the stock moved from the open of $46.01 to a close of $189.42.

AMTD Digital Inc. had skyrocketed from $13.54 to more than $2.5K in only a matter of two weeks when it peaked in August.

Sources say the stock was halted 11 times on Wednesday due to its volatility.

The Hong Kong-based financial services firm has soared more than 32,000% following its IPO in July.

And heavy buying volume seems to be triggering these massive moves.

Is there something retail can learn from this?

Let’s discuss it.

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Volume rises by more than 5,500%

HKD stock’s volume rose by more than 5,500% its daily average volume of 377K when it reached 1.5 million on Wednesday.

AMTD Digital Inc. grew nearly $27 billion in market value.

The company has approximately 187.44 million shares outstanding, significantly less than that of GameStop’s (304m) and AMC Entertainment’s (516m).

Interestingly enough, pre-IPO shareholders, directors and executive officers are subject to a lockup agreement that prevents them from selling shares until January, according to the July 15 prospectus.

AMTD Digital’s shares were also among the most actively traded stocks on the Fidelity platform on Wednesday.

Will the stock keep rising?

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Long-Term Investing vs Short Squeeze Plays vs Day Trading

Long-Term Investing vs Short Squeeze Plays vs Day Trading
Wealth Building: Differences between Long-Term Investing, Short Squeeze Plays, and Day Trading

Today’s article is going to be extremely educational; I’m going over the biggest differences between long-term investing, short squeeze plays, and day trading.

In this article you’re going to discover what makes each one more susceptible than the other to market manipulation and overall risk.

When you’re looking to build wealth in the market, it is important to identify the major differences between the three.

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it in the future for a mental refresh.

Let’s get started!

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#1. Long-Term investing

Long-term investing is the #1 traditional way to build wealth over a long period of time.

Investors looking to build wealth this way tend to invest in high dividend yielding stocks such as the S&P 500.

Here, an investor’s portfolio compounds over time as dividends are rolled over or reinvested back into the asset – further purchasing more stock on its own.

During the years of retirement, investors may decide to stop reinvesting the dividend and accept the dividend as cash instead.

This is how a dividend stock portfolio may yield investors with big passive income in the form of cashflow many years later.

Many of these stocks are not heavy victims to market manipulation due to the security and minimalistic risk there is to invest in these funds.

Read: The Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Passive Income

#2. Short Squeeze plays

Short squeeze plays have a high risk/high reward ratio that has attracted many new investors into the market.

When a stock is being heavily shorted, the short interest percentage of the stocks float tends to rise.

This means that with enough buying pressure, investors may increase the probability of squeezing short sellers from their positions.

We saw this occur when AMC ran from $2 per share to $72 per share and when GameStop skyrocketed into the hundred-dollar levels.

While both these two stocks are still heavily shorted, these are just two examples of short squeeze plays where investors could have taken advantage of an opportunity to make big bucks.

Short squeeze plays are more susceptible to market manipulation since market makers tend to have a lot of control of retail investor’s orders.

They may drive share prices down by overleveraging their already bias positions, which means a lot of momentum is required for a short squeeze play to be successful.

Short squeeze plays are a form of swing trades that may last weeks to months of holding a stock before trading it for profit.

This type of investment strategy may be viewed as mid-term investing to cash in big on a rather unique opportunity.

#3. Day Trading

Day trading uses leverage as a multiplier to trade stocks in a short-term timeframe.

What makes this investment strategy attractive to most investors are the possibilities to earn massive gains in such a short period of time.

Traders are earning money whether the market is up or down through ‘put and call options contracts’.

Unlike long-term investing or short squeeze plays that have a buy and hold approach, day trading is a skill that requires focus, discipline, and a deep understanding about the psychology of trading.

Day traders can earn hundreds to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars on a daily basis (you can view my gains here).

While day trading is mainly a form of income, traders may still allocate earnings towards long-term investments to further build their wealth.

Read: How to Trade Options in The Market with a 9-5

Which investment strategy is best for you?

As investors, we need to identify the best way to take advantage of the tool that is the stock market.

Long-term investors should focus on increasing their income to flood their portfolios with compounding effects.

Short squeeze traders should draw out a macro vision board to determine which path to take after short squeeze profits are secured.

Day traders would be wise to invest a portion of their income towards dividend paying assets or physical assets (such as property or a business) that will produce cashflow.

Building wealth is about having your money work for you so that you can have the time freedom to do what you love most.

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Citadel Has a Long History of Market Manipulation

Citadel Market Manipulation
Market News: Citadel and friends are entering the crypto space | Ken Griffin.

Citadel and friends are entering the crypto world very soon.

EDX Markets plans to bring ‘traditional finance’ to the crypto space, a not so ‘traditional’ space to begin with.

The exchange made up of Citadel, Sequoia, Paradigm, Virtu, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity is debuting in November.

EDX Markets will start trading a limited number of spot, crypto tokens starting with a November trial period, with the official launch in January, per Bloomberg.

Similar to trading equities and options, EDX will allow investors to buy and sell digital assets through their existing broker dealer, rather than an outside venue or directly through a crypto-native exchange. 

“We’re taking some of the best features of traditional finance and bringing it to the digital markets to make it more efficient, and bring that cost saving to investors,” Nazarali said.

Nazarali is the former global head of business development at Citadel Securities.

But as many are aware, these financial institutions have a long history of playing unfair.

Will these sharks taint the crypto space too?

Let’s look at Citadel’s market manipulation history.

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Citadel Market Manipulation

2015

In 2015, an account operated in China by the brokerage arm of US hedge fund Citadel was suspended.

It was the latest casualty of regulators’ hunt for market manipulators and short sellers at the time.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission said that the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges had suspended 24 accounts as part of a probe into high-frequency trading.

The investigation focused on a practice known as “spoofing” in which an investor submits a buy or sell order but then withdraws it before a sale is completed — a practice that can mislead investors by creating the false impression that a stock is trading at a particular price.

Citadel confirmed that one of its accounts managed by Guosen Futures was among those suspended.

2017

SEC Citadel

In 2017 Citadel paid the SEC $22.6 million to settle charges of misleading conduct.

The hedge fund misled customers about the way it priced trades.

The SEC found that between 2007 and 2010, Citadel used two algorithms to execute stock trades on customers’ behalf that gave investors a worse price for their trades, even when Citadel knew better prices existed elsewhere.

“This affected millions of retail orders,” said Stephanie Avakian, the acting director of enforcement at the SEC at the time.

Citadel neither admitted nor denied the findings.

2021

In 2021, Failure-to-Delivers (FTDs) rose dramatically in the period leading up to January 28th, 2021, a phenomenon consistent with increasing short interest by market makers such as Citadel Securities.

FTDs are indictive of naked short selling, which occurs when a short seller does not actually possess the security it is supposed to borrow.

This practice is largely inaccessible to individual investors but accessible to market makers.

At the time, Citadel, Robinhood, and others restricted retail investors from buying ‘meme stocks’ in order to prevent escalating institutional losses.

Citadel eventually lost billions after betting against AMC Entertainment in 2021.

But the entire system needs a refresh – The DTCC waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021, saving brokers, and screwing up retail investors.

2022

The Chicago Tribune published a piece explaining exactly what retail investors have been warning the SEC about.

Citadel Securities’ dark pool dominates a big part of the financial world, accounting for as much as half of U.S. stock market activity.

The Chicago Tribune says this prominent dark pool is run by Chicago Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Citadel Securities and has been targeting small scale retail investors.

And they’re not wrong.

Dark pools are typically involved in payment for order flow (PFOF), where they pay broker firms to receive retail order flow.

Brokers such as Robinhood and TD Ameritrade accept payment for order flow.

But retail investors have been bringing these nefarious practices in the market to light.

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AMC is About to Squeeze According to this Indicator

AMC News Today - AMC Squeeze
Market News: AMC News today.

AMC is about to squeeze; I mean we’ve heard it all year.

Catalysts have proven to provide false hopes time and time again.

However, there’s one piece of the puzzle you cannot deny, and it’s happening right now.

If you’ve been following my latest blog articles and videos on the channel, you know I’m referring to a special indicator I personally use.

The TTM Squeeze indicator – it signals a major shift in momentum whether it’s bearish or bullish.

The signal just transitioned from bearish momentum to the beginning cycle of what could be massive bullish price action for AMC Entertainment.

I’ve been watching the weekly timeframe on AMC to identify its macro trajectory.

And it’s looking very good.

Let’s break it down together.

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TTM Squeeze transition officially confirmed

AMC TTM squeeze transition
AMC TTM Squeeze transition confirmed – Franknez.com.

AMC has officially transitioned from bearish momentum to bullish momentum on the TTM Squeeze indicator.

The chart shown above shows three green momentum candles gradually growing, signaling big price action lies ahead.

Last week I went over AMC’s history correlating its price action with the indicator on my YouTube channel.

And we can see just how accurate this data is.

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In the beginning of the year of 2021, AMC’s price action took off as retail investors began to buy the stock in bulk.

That momentum is captured on the TTM Squeeze indicator.

The indicator’s momentum candles kept growing signaling AMC’s price action was not done running yet.

Eventually the momentum signal began to give ‘sell’ warnings after reaching its all-time high, indicating momentum was beginning to dissipate.

This is where we slowly see the TTM squeeze indicator transition from bullish momentum to bearish momentum (red) candles, and AMC’s price action gradually plummet.

After more than a year of downtrend, selling momentum is no longer what it was, and we can see it on the charts.

In order for AMC to have a clean rebound, these momentum candles will have to gradually get larger and larger.

If retail investors are unable to sustain this growth, then it’s very possible sellers will begin to take over again.

But because we are seeing these candles grow every week, it’s a great indication the stock is on track for big growth over the long haul.

Is AMC a buy?

is AMC a buy

According to AMC’s TTM Squeeze indicator, it’s a screaming buy.

The signal is showing AMC is on trajectory for larger price action on the weekly timeframe.

AMC has had a strong level of support in the high $8 to low $9 levels with many anticipating the stock has already hit its bottom.

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