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“The Game is Rigged”, Says Ex-Citadel Data Scientist

Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.
Market News Daily: Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.

Patrick McConlogue, an ex-Citadel Data Scientist said during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy that the stock market is rigged, claiming he helped design it.

“The game is not fair and it never has been. Individual investors, even when operating in a swarm, are destined to lose. How do I know? I helped design the game.”

Not many investors know this, but Patrick actually breaks down how Citadel and other hedge funds were able to make billions back in only weeks from halts.

In this article, I’m going to share his words and knowledge in the industry directly with you.

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Ex-Citadel Employee Reveals Rigged Trading Game

Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.

Patrick McConlogue appeared on Fox Business during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy of 2021 when retail investors created one of the biggest scares in Wall Street history.

GameStop and AMC shareholders were able to create panic on Wall Street by heavily buying shares of the overleveraged shorted stocks.

As share prices soared, short sellers experienced massive losses.

GameStop was able to put Melvin Capital out of business, but Patrick McConlogue says other hedge funds were able to make back billions in losses during the halt.

The halts allowed hedge funds to enter AMC and GameStop knowing shares would plummet, allowing them to capitalize on the deflation of the price.

Patrick says the rules of the game also heavily favor hedge funds, something retail investors have urged SEC Chairman Gary Gensler for years to change.

“I respect many of my colleagues, the problem isn’t the people, it’s the rules of the game which heavily favor the funds.”

Below is ex-Citadel Data Scientist Patrick McConlogue’s story.

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Patrick McConlogue Says the Stock Market is Rigged

Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.
Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.

“The game is not fair and it never has been. Individual investors, even when operating in a swarm, are destined to lose.

How do I know? I helped design the game.

A few years ago, I worked at the massive hedge fund Citadel. The multi-billion dollar fund was caught up in this week’s scandal for bailing out hedge fund Melvin Capital after everyday traders on Robinhood appeared close to liquidating the fund through mass buying of the GameStop stock $GME.

My role at Citadel was as an engineer in Long Term Quantitative Strategies. The entire department, filled with programmers and compliance officers, is dedicated to something called ‘alpha’ which determines the buying strategy of the fund.

I was responsible for innovative proprietary technology that capitalizes on public data faster than any other hedge fund. It’s a classic situation of machines against humans. I respect many of my colleagues, the problem isn’t the people, it’s the rules of the game which heavily favor the funds.

A group of traders on the r/WallStreetBets Reddit thread, now consisting of over 8.6M members, noticed that someone had overly “shorted” the GameStop $GME stock.

They decided it was the perfect time to buy. It was only around $18 per share and easily affordable for the common investor who kept buying, driving up the price of the stock.

As the buying frenzy continued the hedge funds who had taken the opposite position started to hemorrhage money.. BIG money.

The small investors celebrated their success online as news broke that the hedge fund Melvin Capital Management had lost so much on the $GME short position that they had to be bailed out by bigger hedge funds.

While the markets were closed Melvin Capital’s sinking battleship received an emergency infusion of $2.75 billion from Citadel and Point72.”

‘Meme Stock’ Halts

Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.

“On Thursday morning, Robinhood — the commission-free stock trading app used by small investors — suddenly shut down buys on $GME and a few other stocks that were under siege.

Only sell orders went through, reversing the trend, driving the stock prices back down and shoring up the hedge funds’ sinking ships. Remember, when the stock price goes down, the people who hold the “shorts” make money.

This started a chain reaction. Other retail trading platforms like E*Trade and TD AmeriTrade began freezing the stock for individual investors. But hedge funds own supercomputers.

They have direct access to stock markets. While small investors were frozen the hedge funds traded massive positions and quickly earned back the billions in losses from the past few days.

The rules of the game had been exposed, in broad daylight no less.

Robinhood users, when signing up for the popular trading app that offered “free trading” were likely unaware of their role in the hedge funds’ ability to reap huge profits.

The system is broken.”

Patrick McConlogue left Citadel for decentralized finance and co-founded a new technology called Overline that takes the philosophy of DeFi to the extreme.

Not only is Overline unable to freeze any of your assets but it can’t even turn off the exchange; it’s not possible.

You can read Patrick’s full write-up here.

Related: Ken Griffin Thanks Redditors for ‘Meme Stocks’

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New Report: AMC Cost to Borrow Surges Up to 1000%

Market News Daily - AMC Cost to Borrow Skyrockets to 1,000%.
Market News Daily – AMC Cost to Borrow Skyrockets to 1000%.

AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) stock has reached a max cost to borrow of more than 1,000% (1.04k%), per Ortex data.

The last time AMC’s CTB surged past 1,000% was back in April and early July.

AMC’s cost to borrow average is currently reported at 974.83%, respectively.

The cost to borrow, per Ortex, is the annualized percent of interest on loans, typically borrowed by brokers and hedge funds.

This percentage figure may change on a daily basis and level out through its ‘cost to borrow average’.

According to the Securities Lending Agreement (SLA), this fee must be charged prior to the stock being borrowed.

Short sellers rely on brokers to have stock shares available to borrow. 

Stocks on the hard-to-borrow list may not be short-sellable or have higher stock loan fees, hence why we’re seeing AMC’s cost to borrow at 1,000%.

AMC Entertainment is in high demand, both for short sellers and long investors.

But with fees this high, is it really worth shorting the movie theatre company?

AMC Entertainment stock is currently down -4.58% this year-to-date.

Here are the latest developments happening with AMC Entertainment today.

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AMC Shareholders Have Now Saved The Movie Theatre Company Again

Market News Daily - AMC Cost to Borrow Skyrockets to 1000%.
Market News Daily – AMC Cost to Borrow Skyrockets to 1000%.

AMC shareholders have now saved the movie theatre company again after two major proposals were finally passed following an exhausting lawsuit.

A reverse stock split and conversion of APE shares to common stock will now go into effect later this August.

AMC’s 1-for-10 reverse stock split will go into effect on Thursday, August 24.

The conversion of APE shares into AMC common stock will occur the following day, Friday August 25.

The litigation settlement will then take place on Monday, August 28.

CEO Adam Aron says these dilutive proposals will help AMC Entertainment raise plenty of cash to survive another catastrophic event.

“AMC must be in a position to raise equity capital. I repeat, to protect AMC’s shareholder value over the long term, we MUST be able to raise equity capital.

That is especially the case now with the added uncertainty caused by the writers and actors strikes, which could delay the release of movies currently scheduled for 2024 and 2025.

If we are unable to raise equity capital, the risk materially increases of AMC conceivably running out of cash in 2024 or 2025, or of AMC being unable to satisfactorily refinance and stretch out the maturity of some of our debt (which is required of us beginning as early as 2024.)

The risk of financial collapse is not whimsical. Cineworld/Regal, the second largest movie theatre chain in the world, fell into bankruptcy and their equity holders were essentially wiped out. Bed, Bath and Beyond which was viewed as the third most watched meme stock, also fell into bankruptcy and their equity holders also were essentially wiped out.

Fortunately, at AMC, we have been much smarter, much more agile and much more skillful. We have risen to every Covid challenge heretofore, and I have every confidence in our continued ability to successfully navigate through these complicated times,” Adam Aron said in a July letter.

Also Read: AMC Is Now Hit With a New Class Action Lawsuit

Why Does AMC Stock Keep Getting Shorted?

AMC cost to borrow 1000% news.

AMC Entertainment continues to be a strong target by Wall Street, but why?

Movie theatres are no longer dead, and AMC Entertainment is no longer on the brink of going bankrupt.

Giants Amazon and Apple are now investing billions of dollars in the movie theatre industry, which is going to bring more movie titles to cinemas across the country including industry leader AMC Entertainment.

Today, AMC’s short interest is high at 28.48%.

AMC’s cost to borrow has surged as high as 1,000% — showing there is a scarcity of shares to borrow and a high demand to short the stock.

CEO Adam Aron has stated that the only thing the company needs to enter profitability again is more movie titles, and they’re coming.

So why does Wall Street continue to overleverage themselves and fight the movie theatre chain?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Also Read: Everything You Need to Know About an AMC Short Squeeze

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Robinhood is Now Facing a New Trading Investigation

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Market News Daily – Robinhood is Now Facing a New Trading Investigation.

Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD) is now facing a new trading investigation after the company won its case over the manipulative ‘meme stock’ halts.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled 3-0 in its favor regarding the trading restriction of 13 meme stocks back in 2021.

These stocks included AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), GameStop (NYSE:GME), and Bed Bath & Beyond (OTCMKTS:BBBY), among others.

In a proposed class action, shareholders of the 13 stocks alleged that they suffered damages because they were restricted from trading.

Now Robinhood Markets says it’s being investigated for its trading execution, the latest in a string of regulatory and legal proceedings faced by the online brokerage.

“The New York Attorney General is conducting an investigation into brokerage execution quality. We are cooperating with this investigation,” Robinhood said in a recent filing.

Robinhood previously settled a New York state probe into its cybersecurity and anti-money-laundering practices and paid a $30 million fine. The company has also:

  • Paid $65 million to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission charge that it didn’t sufficiently disclose its business deals with high-speed trading firms
  • Paid $70 million to settle multiple allegations from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, including investigations into options trading and technology outages.
  • Agreed to pay $10 million to resolve a multistate investigation into allegations that it harmed retail investors, including by failing to supervise technology that resulted in outages and locked millions out of trading in March 2020.

On social media, retail investors argue that Robinhood’s victory over the ‘meme stock’ halts has been a major injustice to investors worldwide.

“The online brokerage has faced heightened regulatory scrutiny during the past several years. In March 2020, several service outages prevented its customers from trading. Then, in early 2021, the so-called meme-stock frenzy spurred the brokerage to restrict trading,” says Bloomberg.

Robinhood said in the Thursday filing that it’s paid about $175 million in the past few years to resolve actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and several state regulators.

Other Recent Robinhood News

Market News Daily - Robinhood is Now Facing a New Trading Investigation.
Market News Daily – Robinhood is Now Facing a New Trading Investigation.

Robinhood active users have now declined by a whopping 3,200,000 this year according to the company’s latest report.

As a result, transaction-based revenue declined 5% in the second quarter.

Monthly active users also decreased to 10.8 million, one million fewer compared to the previous quarter and 3.2 million fewer than the year prior per Reuters.

Earnings per share in the second quarter were $0.03, beating analysts’ average estimate of a loss of $0.01, according to Refinitiv data.

“We’ve been talking about for the last several quarters how we want to be lean and scrappy from a cost perspective, and we’ve been keeping our eye on that very closely,” Jason Warnick, Robinhood’s chief financial officer, told reporters.

Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD) stock fell more than -6% on Thursday based the decline in users report.

“The company reported higher second-quarter revenue on Wednesday as interest rates continued to increase the online brokerage’s interest income, achieving profitability for the first time as a public company even as it saw fewer users.

Net interest revenue soared 243% to $442 million in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, as the brokerage’s margin investing business benefited from the U.S. central bank’s monetary policy tightening campaign to combat decades-high inflation.”

Mizuho Americas Senior Financial Technology Analyst Dan Dolev says Robinhood could be the next Charles Schwab.

“I’m actually seeing results being very, very strong and, to me, that’s more important than a data point on users,” Dolev says of Robinhood’s second quarter results.

Also Read: Robinhood and Citadel Colluded Night Before Trading Restrictions

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