New SEC Rules Could Lift Suppression on ‘Meme Stocks’

New SEC rules could lift suppression on meme stocks
Gary Gensler – New SEC rules 2022 – Meme Stocks could surge

There are new SEC rules coming into play that could very well lift suppression imposed on so called ‘meme stocks’.

The SEC just released a report outlining the variety of ways they intend on protecting retail investors from market manipulation.

Heavily shorted stocks such as AMC and GameStop will skyrocket if these SEC rules are enforced.

And I’m going to break down why in this article below.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the SEC is proposing new rules that call for short seller transparency. In their report, they acknowledge what retail investors have been saying and have now come up with a plan.

Let’s dive right into it!

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New SEC rules propose market transparency

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Market News: New SEC Rules propose market transparency | SEC on short sellers | SEC on hedge funds – Meme Stocks

The SEC is proposing a new rule designed to provide greater transparency through the publication of short sale related data.

Short sellers will be required to submit a report on a monthly basis specifying their short positions and short activity data under the 13f-2 rule.

This proposal is significant because it’s going to provide regulators with insight on every short seller trade.

With this proposal in play hedge funds will have no other option than to report overleveraged positions, or refrain from imposing predatorial strategies.

Because short sell activity will be monitored, hedge funds are stuck playing fair.

The SEC has acknowledged that short selling has been used to manipulate the market to drive share prices down.

They also confirm retail investors have been targets of “short and distort”.

Short and distort is a strategy used to drive a stock’s share price down using publicity campaigns and then capitalizing from the drop.

Elon Musk: Hedge funds tank stocks using “short & distort”

Regulators acknowledge market manipulation in report

The SEC said in their report, “while short selling can serve useful market purposes, it also may be used to drive down the price of a security, to accelerate a declining market in a security, or to manipulate stock prices.”

This statement alone is very significant for many reasons.

  1. The SEC doesn’t need to be convinced of market manipulation anymore, they’ve acknowledged it.
  2. They understand exactly what’s happening in the markets and how it’s affecting retail investors.

Now it’s just a matter of finding solutions to lift the suppression being imposed on heavily shorted stocks such as AMC and GameStop.

Disclosure of short sell positions and activity could very well be the start of it too.

If you were slacking off at work but now have your boss micromanaging you, you’d be more inclined to refrain from slacking off, correct?

It’s this type of micromanaging we need to see regulators impose on short sellers so that the demand from retail orders accurately reflect on the price of a security.

Gensler: 95% of retail orders do not go through lit exchange

Rule 13f-2 enforces 10b-21

SEC rule 10b-21 and 13f-2

Rule 10b-21 addresses failure to delivers in securities that have been associated with naked short selling.

This rule is meant to prohibit abusive naked short selling.

However, there has been no way of identifying overleveraged positions or short sell activity to enforce no such acts are carried throughout the market.

That’s where rule 13f-2 comes into play.

13f-2 provides the commission for public disclosure:

  1. The name of the issuer
  2. Title
  3. Class
  4. CUSIP number (a unique identification number assigned to stocks and registered bonds in the United States and Canada.)
  5. and number of short sales of each security

When enforced, this SEC rule will allow regulators to identify everything there is to know about a hedge funds short selling activity.

Community, this is quite big.

Public disclosures will occur every month.

“Buy to cover” rule and CAT firms

Proposed Rule 205 would establish a new “buy to cover” order making requirements for certain purchase orders affected by a broker-dealer.

The Proposal to Amend CAT would require CAT reporting firms to report short sale data not currently required that would enhance regulators’ understanding of the lifecycle of a trade – from order origination and through order execution and allocation.

This means the SEC will now have eyes on where a short sell comes from and where it gets processed and moved to.

Here is where naked shares may be exposed, recorded, and become obligated to get closed.

This Proposal to Amend CAT holds every party during the trade of a short sell accountable.

How do these rules lift suppression on heavily shorted stock?

The SEC says these proposals could help to advance the policy goal of investor protection by deterring market manipulation.

This means that when enforced, hedge funds will now be forced to play by the rules since all data is being recorded through a variety of parties, making it complicated to report inaccuracies.

The SEC on illegal short selling and “Bear Raids”

Bear Raids
The SEC on Bear Raids – ‘Meme stocks’ plummet

The SEC’s report is filled with information retail investors have been raising awareness about for over a year now.

They briefly go over the spread of false information from which short sellers profit from the decline of a stock’s share price.

“Market manipulators may seek to spread false information about an issuer whose stock they sold short in order to profit from a resulting decline in the stock’s price.”

This is something Elon Musk just recently spoke to CNBC about.

Hedge funds and corporate media have played a big role in “Bear Raids”.

Bear raids are an illegal practice to plummet a stock’s price through concerted short selling and the spread of false or negative information about the target.

This influences public sentiment and opinion.

We’ve seen this illegal practice too many times with AMC and GameStop.

Platforms owned by News Corp. attacked AMC and GameStop by publishing articles to derail retail investors from purchasing the stocks.

As millions of retail investors bought ‘meme stocks’, hedge funds shorting the stocks lost billions of dollars.

CEO and founder of hedge fund Citadel Ken Griffin coincidentally has a stake in News Corp.

The SEC warns short sellers of “Short Squeeze” risk

sec warns short sellers of short squeeze risk - meme stocks short squeeze

A short squeeze poses massive risk to not only hedge funds and market makers but also to small short sellers.

The SEC did not miss outlining the risk a short squeeze has on short sellers in their market transparency report.

AMC and GameStop’s current reported short interest is more than 20% each.

This is more than enough short interest to squeeze shorts from their positions.

And because hedge funds have been overleveraging their positions, this is no ordinary play anymore.

Hedge funds now have a ticking time-bomb that may cause systemic risk.

Will AMC and GameStop experience a managed short squeeze?

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28 Comments

  1. gamerturnedmom

    What is yourย opinion on them using the same threshold numbers as 2008 and 2009? Considering inflation, this is good news for retail investors, right?
    I found on Gary Gensler’s tweet mentioning the rule, this comment: (Do you have any comments on these, in my opinion, good questions?)where are the Loop holes? What are the short comings? Who will enforce the rule? What are the penalties for non compliance? Essentially Where will the slithering snakes and cock roaches hide in darkness?
    It mentions how this rule will help break the abusive trade practice of bringing about short squeezes. But how can one not occur if this rule is passed, since we know they’re so many shorts? I expect it would be one of the last?
    Lastly, does it say in the pdf what the punishments are for not reporting or reporting incorrectly?

  2. Daniel Brooks

    With all due Respect,

    SEC needs to (halt) turn off the dark pools; we want fair and real price discovery in our market. You have the rules enforce it.

    It’s not a fair market when corrupt hedge funds and the major brokers have dark pools they can
    manipulate a companies stock price.

    We are loosing innovation companies and jobs to make Hedge Funds like Cramer and Citadel rich. And they brag about it, insult to injury

    The Failed to Deliver shares is evidence that shares are being sold and failed to deliver. For the size of the floats they are high.

    There is no way for us to know how many phantom shares exist. Crooks use the old Shell Game.
    End Dark Pools end the Shell Game. Bring back a fair in the light market for future investors.

    • Frank Nez

      I agree, thanks for your input ๐Ÿ‘Š

  3. Daniel Brooks

    โ€œIt is long overdue that the Department of Justice is now looking into this,โ€ Christian said. โ€œI believe this is the largest commercial fraud in U.S. history. It makes the Bernie Madoff scheme look like a gnat on an elephantโ€™s behind.โ€

    • Frank Nez

      ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  4. Daniel Brooks

    Simply put, naked short selling is one massive embezzlement scheme that for years has mostly gone ignored.

    • Frank Nez

      Exactly. Now retail must continue to raise awareness to finally create change in the market.

  5. Goatsmoney

    $igex to the moon!๐Ÿงจ ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒ•

  6. Andrew Marowitz

    This new rule is a great beginning. However, the article provides no indication of enforcement or penalty for violating the rule. And if there is no penalty, then the rule is effectively meaningless, at least until some short seller faces the music, and is subjected to an actual penalty for violation.

  7. Michael Raimondo

    If this is true load up on RAD , 26% short, 24b revenue with less then 500m market cap with only 55m shares, makes no sense.

    • Frank Nez

      ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

  8. Randy Val

    What does this mean for a stock like PSFE? Itโ€™s been beaten down 80%! Ouch.

  9. George

    CEI is the play. Great article Kevin

  10. larry Mally

    Thanks for the information, I will pass it along. I’ve been holding for a year now and i will hold for another year if I have to. Thanks again, Keep up the good work.

    • Frank Nez

      Thanks for joining the discussion Larry ๐Ÿค

  11. Eddy

    Welcome to the party pal.

  12. lnl001

    Really appreciate this – do we happen to have a timeframe to watch for the enforcement?

  13. Damon Armenoff

    You always have great breakdownโ€™s of whatever topic to are covering. Thanks again for the interpretation of the DD. AMC LETS GOOOOO!

    • Frank Nez

      Thanks for joining the discussion Damon ๐Ÿค

  14. skrappyd0

    what would a managed short squeeze look like? any stock ever experience something like this before for reference?

    • Frank Nez

      Not like we are currently experiencing it. What the community is going through seems to be a first.

  15. kevin sangiovanni

    Great stuff. Appreciate the thoughful concise explanation. Let’s pray enforcement matches protocol. TBD

    • Frank Nez

      Thanks Kevin ๐Ÿค with you there brother

  16. Frank Nez

    Let’s start a discussion!

    • Robert R Klein

      Fantastic information

      • Frank Nez

        Thanks Robert ๐Ÿค

    • usmc1982

      Been buying and holding for a year now almost. Things are looking better by the day. Thanks for the info and keep up the hard work.

      • Frank Nez

        Thanks for being here ๐Ÿค

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