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Citadel Securities Gets $1.2B Lifeline from Sequoia and Paradigm

Citadel Securities gets $1.2 billion lifeline from Sequoia and Paradigm
Citadel receives private funding for the first time ever

Citadel Securities’ Ken Griffin just received a nearly $1.2 billion lifeline from Sequoia and Paradigm.

This is the first time Citadel Securities has ever required private funding to stay afloat.

The hedge fund lost billions of dollars in 2021 due to overleveraging their positions in so called ‘meme stocks’.

Now Sequoia and Paradigm are partnering up with the hedge fund to raise the company’s valuation.

While Citadel Securities processes more than 40% of retail trades, they are now looking to broaden into new markets, including the crypto space.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – Citadel Securities has made it incredibly hard for customers to withdrawal their money. Now, for the first time ever are receiving private funding.

Is the hedge fund in trouble?

Let’s get stared!

Citadel Securities and crypto?

Paradigm is active in crypto companies; a space Ken Griffin has been open about not being too fond over.

If you hold cryptocurrency, leave a comment below letting the community know how you feel about this massive hedge fund joining the space to short crypto.

I doubt Ken Griffin will be offering crypto investment options for long-term price appreciation.

Here’s Ken Griffin’s take on cryptocurrency.

Ken Griffin on crypto

Where is Citadel Securites headed in 2022?

Citadel Securities Sequoia Paradigm

The company’s new valuation puts Citadel Securities at $22 billion.

The hedge fund has proven to create massive systemic risk, even now as it continues to overleverage its short position in ‘meme stocks’ such as AMC Entertainment.

Will it finally cut its ties to the ‘meme stock’ community and broaden its market?

Or will it use every bit of capital they can to keep up with margin requirements in these plays?

The ‘ape community’ continues to fight for a fair market

Retail investors have been exposing Citadel Securities for unfair market practices.

Share price from heavily shorted stocks have been suppressed by hedge funds through a variety of market manipulation tactics.

CNBC’s Melissa Lee and Fox Business’s Charles Payne have called out the use of naked shorting in the markets too.

Dark pool trading in AMC and GME stock have gone as high as 60%-90%.

The community has recently uncovered how private ‘family offices’ also provide hedge funds with a loophole to unregulated trading; as seen with Archegos Capital.

Retail investors in the ape community have scrutinized Citadel Securities for imposing predatorial strategies that will prevent them from getting squeezed from their overleveraged short positions.

The SEC might have turned the cheek, but retail investors aren’t leaving.

Read: Here’s why Citadel’s customers are about to lose everything

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Proof of Naked Shares in AMC Has Surfaced [Data Driven]

Proof of naked shares in AMC

The incredible retail community is diving deep into collecting proof of naked shares in the market.

But more specifically in AMC stock.

In a case study done by Log the Float, the data shows more than 128 million shares of AMC were sold on Apex (clearing house), or 43.01% of AMC’s entire float.

It also equivalates to 24.99% of the shares outstanding.

Apex AMC naked shares

Below I break down their proof of naked shorting in AMC.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – proof of naked shorting has surfaced in a data driven article by a community member. I will break down pieces of the long article to simply its content.

Let’s get started!

In this excel file you’ll find that AMC has the largest percentage of shares outstanding compared to a variety of ticker symbols held by Apex.

The second company with the highest shares outstanding is CAR stock at 16%, which just had a short squeeze.

Car Stock Short Squeeze Chart
Car Stock Short Squeeze Chart

Proof of Naked Shorting in AMC

AMC naked shares on Apex
Naked shares AMC

The lowest point of this graph reflects the 24.99% shares outstanding on Apex (December).

You can imagine how much higher this percentage was back in January and May of 2021 (peaks).

So, although we see an incredible amount of share dilution last year, the percentage is still rather high going into 2022.

LTF argues that the percentage should be around 1% or less considering Apex is not even one of the top clearing firms and touches topic on “market-maker alliance”.

While one might argue that we would need more information from other market makers to validate the existence of naked shares, this is certainly a good start.

The argument isn’t about how many naked shares are out there, but whether they exist or not.

Let’s hear what Charles Gradante has to say.

Also, be sure to watch the topic discussion on YouTube at the end of the article.

Charles Gradante on Naked Shorting

In this incredible event panel, hedge fund industry expert Charles Gradante provides us with insight on what’s truly happening from Wall Street’s perspective that mainstream media isn’t talking about.

While mainstream media and regulators look at retail investors, Charles Gradante explains market makers favor shorting stock, creating a massive conflict of interest given the incredible amount of power they have over the markets.

Charles Gradante on meme stocks and market makers

Charles Gradante says regulators don’t know how to handle “it” when referring to the market manipulation surrounding “meme stocks”.

“When shorting got out of hand, the market makers created synthetic shorts”

Charles Gradante

Charles provides retail investors with an immense amount of value in this short video.

He walks us through the taking away of the buy button in order to benefit market makers and hedge funds who went short on AMC and GameStop.

Ladies and gentlemen, we now have proof of naked shares in the market.

Retail investors must now look onto regulators to ensure every single naked share out there is bought back and reflected accurately on the lit market.

The biggest transfer of wealth will require individuals to tackle their rights for it.

Once again, the ape community was right.

What to expect moving forward

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AMC stock continues to be bought and held by retail investors across the world in attempts to squeeze big shorts from their positions and create real change in the markets.

The play has become more than just a trade, it’s become a movement.

Persistence and patience are what will create this massive transfer of wealth for anyone holding these heavily and overleveraged stocks.

Regulators will be forced to find solutions with integrity or face the consequences from the new world.

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Wall Street Journal is Owned by Citadel’s Ken Griffin

wall street journal is owned by Ken Griffin

Wall Street Journal just published a ridiculous piece on the AMC community.

They refer to the community as a mob and disrespect AMC’s CEO Adam Aron by saying apes made the CEO “play by their rules.”

This discredits the CEO and portrays the community as an entirely different culture.

Come to find out, Ken Griffin actually owns Wall Street Journal.

Let’s dive right into it.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog that fights FUD media. When the community is getting attacked you know we’re doing something right.

Let’s get started!

Now, we can’t be too harsh on the two writers who published this article.

Afterall, they’re just doing their job, right?

Wall Street Journal Parent Company

Who owns Wall Street Journal? Source, Investopedia

News Corp is Wall Street Journal’s parent company.

Not only do they have ownership of the Wall Street Journal, but they also own other DOW Jones assets such as the Dow Jones Newswire.

Other media brands by the DOW Jones include Barrons and MarketWatch, media companies who have been attacking AMC Entertainment all year.

DOW Jones Media Brands
DOW Jones Media Brands

All these finance media platforms are tied and owned by News Corp.

So, where does Ken Griffin come in?

Ken Griffin Owns Almost 1.4 Million Shares of News Corp.

Ken Griffin owns news corp
Ken Griffin owns News Corp, source

CEO of Citadel Securities, Ken Griffin owns News Corp, the company that has ownership over Wall Street Journal, Barrons, MarketWatch, DOW Jones, and other media outlets spewing ill words of AMC Entertainment and its community.

Citadel Securities is on the top 10 list of hedge funds shorting AMC stock.

Anchorage Capital, who was also on that list just closed down after betting against AMC.

The hedge fund had an 18-year run.

There’s a major conflict of interest when the owner of all these companies is using them to pump propaganda to fit a nefarious agenda.

Citadel Securities attempted to bankrupt AMC Entertainment earlier this year but failed after retail investors saved the company.

Because AMC stock has a short squeeze set up, retail investors are not leaving until overleveraged hedge funds have closed their short positions in AMC.

Though the multi-billionaire has the power to influence these companies, the community has the power to expose these untrustworthy media platforms.

And that’s enough to raise awareness.

The Fall of Hedge Funds and FUD Media

Both hedge funds and FUD media platforms face intense scrutiny from investors.

Not only are hedge funds such as Citadel Securities causing financial turmoil for their clients, but financial news platforms are now being exposed as being tied to manipulation tactics.

What can the community do to fight against this manipulation?

It’s simpler than you might think.

By raising awareness.

The more people are educated, the more they will have a clear conscious of what news to consume and what financial path to follow.

These mainstream finance platforms have cost the public so much money.

By scaring them out of their money, they missed the opportunity to secure a position in AMC Entertainment when it traded low.

AMC stock is currently up more than 1300% year-to-date.

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Here’s Why Citadel’s Customers Are About to Lose Everything

Citadel Customers, Citadel News

Citadel’s customers are in for a massive shakeup entering 2022.

The hedge fund just updated their liquidity terms for all investors and the institution continues to lose money on bets they’re not willing to close.

They are limiting quarterly withdrawals to 6.25%, meaning it would take 16 quarters, or four years to fully pull out unless the client is willing to pay a fee.

Unless Citadel Securities closes their heavily shorted positions in both AMC and GME, clients are in for more losses leading into 2022.

Should clients pull out?

It’s definitely worth considering.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – hedge fund Citadel Securities has just made a desperate attempt to keep their clients’ money. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Let’s get started!

Community, this is massive.

Aside from setting tighter restrictions on withdrawals, Citadel Securities is also giving their clients an ultimatum.

Citadel Gives Desperate Ultimatum to Customers

Citadel’s funds are currently closed to new investors, so if someone quits, they might not be allowed back in the future.

The hedge fund has given this desperate ultimatum to its customers in efforts to hedge against losing bets.

Citadel Securities has lost billions of dollars all year betting against AMC and GameStop.

Retail investors have been fighting this adversary from trying to bankrupt two of America’s favorite companies.

The hedge fund has been notoriously shorting AMC stock despite all talks of bankruptcy officially off the table since early 2021.

Citadel is not stopping despite billions in losses.

And it’s costing their clients a lot of money.

Now, Citadel Securities is making it tougher for their clients to withdrawal their investments.

Citadel will eat every single one of its clients’ dollars to fight retail investors.

Will Citadel Keep Losing Money?

The entire stock market has been volatile in general.

However, Citadel Securities has amounted billions of dollars in losses due to overleveraging short positions in AMC stock.

Retail investors continue to buy and hold the stock until this hedge fund closes the millions of borrowed shares they have open.

And until they do, customers will continue to face significant losses entering 2022.

Clients can expect to see the same pattern from 2021 if Citadel Securities does not cut their losses.

AMC is not the only stock incurring losses to the hedge fund.

Citadel Securities’ business model is built on shorting stock to earn money on the downside.

And that’s the problem, they’re betting on losers instead of winners.

Should Clients Pull Their Money Out?

should I pull my money out from Citadel

Citadel Securities is one of the largest hedge funds in the world.

They’ve created massive systemic risk for the entire U.S. economy.

Hedge funds such as Millennium, Susquehanna, and 638 are also at risk.

This list of hedge funds shorting AMC stock are playing with their customers money.

Clients have a better chance at yielding returns by opening a brokerage account and investing in an index fund every month.

More of the general public is learning how to invest in stocks.

They’re not looking for hedge funds to play with their money.

They are taking accountability and researching where their money can grow both short-term and long-term.

Analyst Says ‘Buy GME and AMC’ Before Evergrande Crash

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A veteran credit analyst is encouraging buying GME and AMC shares to hedge against a market crash.

In this article I discuss why the possibility of AMC and GME experiencing a MOASS is very likely due to an Evergrande crash.

Now, Dr. Marco Metzler, an advisory board member of the German Market Screen Agency says crypto and ‘meme stocks’ can yield a massive opportunity for investors.

Retail investors in the AMC and GME community have been right all year.

Overleveraged positions, dark pool trading, naked shorting, negative beta, all of it.

AMC and GME stock are going to experience massive short squeezes and hedge funds betting against these two stocks are about to cause severe losses for their clients.

Read: 10 myths about the AMC apes the media has wrong

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SR 21-19: The Fed Is About to Impose Massive Margin Calls

SR 21-19 Margin Calls
SR 21-19 Margin Call Requirements

The Fed’s just published a letter under SR 21-19 to supervise and assess the actions that led to the Archegos default by examining financial institutions and their relationships to investment funds.

The Federal Reserve is issuing this guidance to limit risk management.

SR 21-19 is intended for banking organizations with large portfolios and relationships with investment funds, such as hedge funds.

Some of you in the community wanted me to explain what this letter means and so I’m going to be breaking it down for you today.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – today’s market news has to do with the Fed’s cracking down on banks and hedge funds. Interesting things are happening at the end of the year, aren’t they?

Let’s get started!

Speaking of interesting things happening.

The ape community has attracted the attention of the SEC, mainstream media, and now the Federal Reserve.

It’s worth noting that progress is progress, no matter how slow or long it takes.

Why is SR 21-19 Significant?

SR 21-19 Margin Calls

This federal piece of document is significant for many reasons.

  1. It highlights lack of transparency in the markets.
  2. The letter acknowledges a relationship amongst financial entities and confirms strategic involvement.
  3. It expresses how overleveraging positions pose a major risk towards meeting debt obligations.
  4. And finally, SR 21-19 touches topic on providing proper margin terms to these institutions.

Reserve banks are being asked to distribute this letter to the supervised organizations in their districts and to appropriate supervisory staff.

The board is continuing to review firms’ weaknesses to take further action.

The Feds are looking for a solution that will mitigate risk and prevent hedge funds from defaulting, as seen with Archegos.

Archegos defaulted on March 26, 2021, causing over $10 billion in losses across several large banks.

Today we’re seeing Citadel has lost billions of dollars this year from shorting AMC stock.

The hedge fund has begun freezing any attempts for its clients to pull their investments out by issuing ultimatums that would make it impossible for the customer to return.

And on top of that, a hefty fee for withdrawing their investments.

New Margin Call Terms Are on The Horizon

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It is unclear what the margin call terms will be for these overleveraged financial institutions.

However, the letter states that they will be ensuring that these institutions receive the appropriate margin requirements.

They will either avoid inflexible and risk-insensitive margin terms or extend close-out periods.

Risk-insensitive meaning appropriately raising the margin requirements dependent upon how overleveraged a financial institution is.

Hedge funds shorting AMC and GME stock have amounted an overwhelming number of borrowed shares to short the stocks.

Yet these stocks have remained leveled due to the strength of retail investors.

The feds are about to impose massive margin requirements on overleveraged hedge funds.

Now, we won’t know how long this process will take.

What we do know is that the federal government isn’t taking hedge funds lightly anymore.

And if the appropriate margin terms are too high for hedge funds to maintain, then they’ll be forced to close short positions.

Getting To the Bottom of Synthetic Shares

AMC Synthetic Shares

Will the feds come across the millions of synthetic shares these overleveraged hedge funds have created?

It will be a massive surprise if they don’t.

See, the feds are requiring their supervisors to receive adequate information to fully understand the risks of the investment funds they are investigating.

This includes positions and counterparty concentrations, or a specific sector in which two financial entities are specifically focused on.

Failing to meet transparency will mean the feds will take action on setting conservative terms between the parties.

Identifying synthetic shares in the market is a rabbit hole the feds themselves will have to go down.

My suggestion is for the community to push the Department of Justice to investigate these synthetics.

Raising awareness to these problems in the market is key to sparking a MOASS.

2022 Is Going to Be an Interesting Year for Hedge Funds

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Hedge funds face more scrutiny than ever before in history.

They have created system risk and pose a threat to our businesses and economy.

Hedge funds never saw a community of activists fight them for a fair market.

Retail investors caused Archegos to default and Melvin Capital to lose billions of dollars resulting in a life-line from Citadel Securities.

Melvin Capital has stated that they’re out of the game.

However, financial institutions such as Citadel Securities and Bank of America Corp continue to short AMC stock.

With the feds now involved, 2022 is going to be an interesting year for both hedge funds and retail investors.

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Could this federal document be the first step towards the uncovering of synthetics in the market?

Are we closer to margin calls than ever before?

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Federal Court Judge Is Tied to Defendant in Robinhood and Citadel Case

Judge Altonaga connection to defendant law firm
Judge Cecilia Altonaga dismisses ‘meme stock’ lawsuit

A Miami district court judge admits the Citadel and Robinhood transcripts are suspicious.

However, the federal court has dismissed the case due to a lack of evidence.

Now, it’s important to note this case is separate from Citadel vs SEC.

This is the class action lawsuit by retail investors claiming Citadel Securities and Robinhood conspired to halt GameStop trading and other ‘meme stocks’.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog that fights for the retail investor. Today we’re discussing the latest market news surrounding Citadel and Robinhood.

Justice may have not been served but at least the message from retail investors has been made loud and clear.

According to Business Insider, the court said that the evidence between Citadel Securities and Robinhood was not sufficient.

And although retail didn’t win this one, retail did manage to put 6 crooked financial institutions in court.

Judge Cecilia Altonaga Connection to Defendant’s Law Firm

What’s suspicious is that Altonaga’s husband George Mencio, is a partner to Holland and Knight, the defendant of Two Signa Securities in this case.

This creates a major conflict of interest.

This again goes to show the advantages the system has over retail investors.

judge altonaga connection to two signa securities
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It’s going to take serious activism from bigger influencers to really shake the system.

According to the class action document, Holland & Knight were defending Two Signa Securities.

The transcript below details the connection between the two entities.

Redditors over at r/AMCSTOCK uncovered that George Mencio, Altonaga’s husband is indeed tied to Holland & Knight.

This is confirmed through Holland & Knight’s professional’s page on their website.

holland & knight george mencio judge altonaga connection

Law.com also confirms the relationship between Geroge and Altonaga.

While it is not confirmed whether George Mencio actually defended Two Signa Securities himself, the connection between both parties is rather jarring nonetheless.

judge altonaga george mencio connection

The Reddit community is taking this matter very seriously.

Bookmark this page for possible updates.

Apes Fight a Polluted Financial System

polluted financial system

The class action lawsuit came about after “Ken Griffin lied” went viral on Twitter.

Transcripts between Citadel and Robinhood were leaked regarding the halt of GameStop and AMC earlier this year.

Now a federal judge is saying there isn’t enough evidence.

And while politicians can be bought, retail investors can’t.

Our financial system needs honest people.

This case will be another reason why the ape community will continue to make noise.

Names are being recorded and those failing to protect the people are writing their legacy.

The retail community wants justice.

It seems that for every solution retail has, there’s always some connection that intervenes.

What Do You Think Can Be Done?

I’m curious to know what you think can be done about this incompetence.

Who with massive influence can help the community shed light on these matters?

Do you think Adam Aron has a plan to take down the culprits betting against his company?

Leave a comment below.

Final Thoughts

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Whether the connection between Judge Altonaga and George is merely a coincidence, it’s a rather good one.

Matters like this only further build my conviction in fighting for a fair market structure.

As I mentioned earlier, perhaps there was no justice in court, but there was acknowledgement.

The fight for a fair market will not happen overnight, we are living in its process.

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Deputy Global Treasurer Michael Kurlander Resigns From Citadel

Deputy Global Treasurer

Michael Kurlander, the Deputy Global Treasurer of Citadel Securities has resigned after 4 years with the hedge fund. Michael Kurlander is now the CFO for Pagaya, a financial AI tech company.

Citadel has been losing billions of dollars since the rise of retail investors in the AMC and GameStop saga. For this reason the community speculates Citadel securities is a sinking ship.

Michael Kurlander recently posted on LinkedIn, “Closing one chapter and beginning another…”.

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Michael Kurlander career history

From October of 2017 to June of 2021, Michael Kurlander was known as Citadel Securities’ Deputy Global Treasurer. Prior to working with Citadel, he spent 17 years of his life as a managing director at Goldman Sachs.

So what exactly is a deputy global treasurer?

What does a Deputy Global Treasurer do?

According to Zip Recruiter, a Deputy Global Treasurer assists a group of financial advisors related to supervising investments, risks, and financial operations.

As a Deputy Global Treasurer, other obligation include:

  • Verifying financial risks to investments
  • Assessing the institutions liquidity
  • Organizing and approving budgets for financial projects
  • And ensure the financial health of the institution

What are the qualifications to work as a Global Treasurer?

Obviously you’ll need some sort of education right? A bachelors degree is the entry tier while a masters degree is needed for policy and government positions.

You’ll also need excellent communication skills in order to present financial reports to government officials and community stakeholders.

As the community knows, Citadel securities is under high scrutiny for overleveraging their positions in AMC Entertainment.

Dark pools allow hedge funds to make transactions that aren’t required to be reported. Accurately at least.

As a Deputy Global Treasurer, Michael Kurlander certainly had a lot of lawful and ethical duties to respond to.

Often times people leave a valuable position in a company is due to the lack of ethics and integrity of a company or head.

This is what I’ve noticed from the most successful people I personally know in my life.

Closing one chapter and beginning another

If Michael Kurlander left Citadel for a rapidly growing financial tech company, then it must be for good reason.

I suppose when the head of a company is selling his multi-million dollar properties to keep the business afloat it might be a good indicator it’s time to jump ship.

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Citadel continues to amount extreme losses due to the continuous shorting of a stock that is no longer on the brink of extinction. Ego kills dreams.


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Citadel And Virtu Are Creating Massive Systemic Risk

Citadel and Virtue Systemic Risk

The system almost failed earlier this year due to the systemic risks in the hands of the two biggest market makers.

Citadel and Virtu CEO’s Ken Griffin and Douglas Cifu continue to argue that retail investors have never had it better.

Although the SEC has been observing for quite some time, they are finally looking into both of their business models.

But is that enough?

What can be done in order to avoid the collapse of an entire system?

The SEC has taken a stance against high frequency trading and is currently supporting the D-Limit order from IEX.

It’s time for retail investors to speak up and let our government leaders know our needs in the market.

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System of Checks and Balances

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In the United States, the system of checks and balances provides each branch of government with individual powers to check the other branches and prevent one branch from becoming too powerful.

However, there seems to be a massive concentration of power between market makers Citadel and Virtu in the finance world.

These two market makers are responsible for processing majority of retail investor orders.

This creates massive systemic risks since there is so much power concentrated just within these two key players.

Should one or both fail, the entire system could collapse.

This almost happened in January during the ‘meme stock’ rallies.

Citadel claims they were the only market maker processing orders from Robinhood and this is a big problem.

There needs to be a separation of power.

It’s extremely important that retail investors voice their needs from government leaders regarding this matter.

PFOF Takes More Than It Gives

Citadel, Virtu, and Robinhood continue to stand by payment for order flow.

The issue with PFOF is that it takes more than it actually gives.

Market makers argue that it saves retail investors billions of dollars annually but fail to mention that they also make money from retail through high frequency trading.

In this documentary you will find Citadel makes their money shorting stock.

The Story of Citadel

Retail investors don’t want their orders processed by a company that is a market maker, hedge fund, and dark pool all at the same time.

Not only is Citadel profiting from retail money through high frequency trading, but they are also shorting the stock retail investors are buying through various means.

Dark pool trading and naked short selling are some other ways we’ve seen hedge funds suppress the rise of a stocks share price.

More so in ‘meme stocks’ such as GameStop and AMC, which are heavily shorted.

But there’s another issue that has yet to be addressed and that is OTC, or what’s also known as off-exchange trading.

The Rise of Off-Exchange Trading

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Over-the-counter (OTC), or off-exchange trading is when trading occurs between two parties instead of through an exchange, such as the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange).

Market makers essentially negotiate with one another through dealer quotation services such as FINRA’s OTC Bulletin Board.

Yes, that is the same FINRA that is supposed to be protecting retail investors and safeguarding market integrity.

Off exchange trading is not as regulated as the NYSE nor does it require prices to be publicly disclosed.

Market makers can short a stock in these off exchange trading platforms and also create a ‘perfect hedge’, allowing them to offset or eliminate all risk on their position(s).

Retail investors go long on stocks.

So when market makers such as Citadel and Virtu are using tools to make money from shorting stocks, retail investors are at a massive disadvantage.

Market Makers Are A Threat To Our Economy

Market makers pose a serious risk to our economy and the businesses that provide massive value to our society.

As long as this concentration of power isn’t broken, the United States economy will always face systemic risk.

And when the entire country is economically on its knees, financial institutions who shorted on the way down will be the only ones compensated for it.

This is when integrity is buried by greed.

So what’s going to be done about it?

Our community now has a voice.

We must continue to fight against market corruption, and we must fight for a fair market.

Only then will we be able to mitigate systemic risk and make a positive impact in our economy.

Retail Investors Can Grow Our Economy

retail investors can grow our economy

With more people now learning about the markets more than ever, this could greatly benefit our economy.

Not only does the average person get to invest in the stock market, but we get to support the ideas and innovations of the companies in our country.

People don’t need to make a lot of money to invest.

But fair investing could improve the quality of life for millions of people.

The average person could provide more for their family, the government would collect capital gain taxes, and our businesses would excel much more rapidly.

Our government must look at solutions for economic prosperity and growth.

Market makers such as Citadel and Virtu suppress economic growth for their selfish gain.

They do not contribute to society.

This is why we’re seeing a power like China catch up to the United States with such an intense and exponential growth.

They’ve eliminated a lot of the issues in their markets that we have in ours today.

Institutional investors play a dominant role in the U.S markets, while Chinese markets are dominated by retail investors.

This, ladies and gentlemen is why there are now more wealthier Chinese than there are Americans.

Our government must look at market structure and identify what is going to spur growth in our nation.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. What does our government need to do to mitigate systemic risk?

Do you believe retail investors and make a greater and more positive impact than market makers can?

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3 Judge Panel Breakdown: Citadel VS SEC Lawsuit Hearing

Citadel Securities vs SEC Lawsuit Hearing
Citadel Securities vs. SEC lawsuit hearing

Judges Rao, Walker, and Sentelle, asked tough questions during the first part of this Citadel vs SEC lawsuit hearing.

The hearing took place yesterday, October 25th, 2021 but continues today.

I’m going to be breaking down parts of the hearing and summarizing key points.

I will also be linking the video of the live lawsuit hearing for your viewing pleasure.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the Citadel vs SEC lawsuit hearing has commenced. Be sure to bookmark this page is this developing story unfolds.

Let’s get stared!

The lawsuit hearing started with Judge Walker asking Mr. Wall, Citadel’s lawyer, “Mr. Wall, do you think latency arbitrage exists?”

To which Mr. Wall responded, “[stutters] I don’t think the court has to get into it..”

And this set the entire mood of what was about to go down.

To start off, all three judges were great.

Both Mr. Wall and Catherine Stetson of IEX, were asked very fair questions.

Let’s begin with Citadel’s argument against SEC and IEX technology.

Citadel Argument Against The SEC

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In the legality of things, Citadel Securities is suing the SEC for ‘violating’ the Administrative Procedure Act that sets requirements for making changes to agency regulations.

As you know, the changes the SEC made was approving the D-Limit order through the IEX Exchange.

This D-Limit order eliminates market arbitrage and predatory tactics against retail investors by using AI technology to level the share prices of stock throughout all exchanges and offering higher and better quality prices.

Citadel Securities says the SEC disregarded important data showing that the rule would hurt retail investors.

On a side note, Citadel Securities is not for retail investors.

Retail investors do not want their orders going through Citadel nor any association having to do with the market maker.

Citadel Securities is not just a market maker, but a hedge fund and dark pool altogether.

Their predatory tactics against retail investors have suppressed the momentum rallied by the AMC and GME community looking to spark a short squeeze from these heavily and overleveraged stocks.

What Is The Data That Would Hurt Retail Investors?

According to Mr. Wall, the data the SEC missed that would hurt retail investors is that share prices would be higher due to IEX.

He argues that IEX is not sufficiently tailored for retail investors but fails to identify exactly how they miss the mark.

Mr. Wall is suggesting that a leveled playfield would harm retail investors because IEX is able to set better and higher prices than their current model…

It seems Citadel wants to protect retail investors from paying higher and more accurate share prices across all exchanges?

Ladies and gentlemen, this argument is pitiful.

Retail investors have been fighting for a fair market and for a leveled playfield where high frequency trading isn’t affecting their trades and long-term investments.

In simpler terms, IEX would not hurt retail investors but rather lay a foundation towards a more effective and fair market.

It’s this very reason the hashtag #CitadelIsNotForRetail has been trending on Twitter.

I think it’s fair to say that if we took a vote from retail investors, majority would vote for an IEX solution.

IEX Just Wants Liquidity (Bigger Market Share)

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Mr. Wall argued that the premise doesn’t even surround latency arbitrage or market arbitrage but rather IEX’s desire for more liquidity, or bigger market share.

When avoiding questions about predatory tactics often used by high frequency trading firms, Mr. Wall deflects confirming the current use of market arbitrage by claiming IEX simply wants to gain liquidity.

In the lawsuit hearing, Mr. Wall confirms Citadel processed up to 56% or retail orders within a month time-frame.

It seems Citadel Securities is more concerned about losing market share than protecting retail.

But that’s not difficult to see.

Citadel Securities has proven to abuse their power and we’ve seen this specifically in AMC and GME stock.

As one of the top short sellers of the two stocks, we’ve seen millions of failure-to-delivers get reported, and the overextension of dark pool trading and even naked shorting occur.

High frequency trading has further given Citadel Securities a massive advantage over retail investors going long on these stocks.

Citadel Securities Argues No Latency Arbitrage Has Taken Place

Mr. Wall mentions that maybe a decade ago latency arbitrage could have been possible but not in today’s world.

This is where we see Catherine Stetson of IEX step in to give her stance in this lawsuit hearing.

“Citadel Pays Hundreds of Millions To Brokers”

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Catherine Stetson made a great entrance providing backing information that IEX data has indeed found latency arbitrage.

IEX Exchange is the firm that has introduced innovation to the market with its D-Limit order.

The D-Limit order uses AI technology to execute high quality predictions across the market to set higher and more accurate share prices.

This order type eliminates market arbitrage strategically used by high frequency trading firms such as Citadel Securities and gives retail investors a fair playing field.

When orders are process by Citadel Securities, they are able to move them through several different exchanges, allowing them to profit from slower loading share prices on foreign exchanges.

Orders being process through IEX’s model enables the share prices to load equally amongst all exchanges.

Citadel Securities argues that this model intervenes with the natural laws of the stock market.

The same ones that have allowed them to take advantage of market participants.

Catherine Stetson made a valid point when she said, “Citadel pays hundreds of millions of dollars to get retail orders, and profit from them.”

During the lawsuit hearing, Judge Walker sternly addressed Mr. Wall by saying, “You’re the one who’s trying to regulate your way into market victory.”

It’s not difficult to see the intentions of both parties.

“We Are In The Middle of A Speed-War We Never Signed Up For” – Catherine Stetson

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Catherine Stetson made a remarkable statement that addressed the real issue of high frequency trading in the markets.

Her statement regarding retail investors participating in a speed-war we never signed up for sums up the deceit of market maker, hedge fund, and dark pool, Citadel Securities.

This is a statement declaring change in our markets.

This is a statement fighting for a fair market, and a voice aimed towards protecting retail investors.

IEX is seeking to eliminate market arbitrage from high frequency trading firms and begin processing orders that will put retail and financial institutions in the same playfield.

For more on IEX and how this exchange will affect AMC and GME shareholders, read my latest article here.

But in short, the market’s share price would reflect more on the actual supply and demand, releasing pressure for growth.

The SEC Is Fighting To Protect Retail

SEC

The SEC has been under fire by retail investors primarily due to the lack of regulation within our markets.

However, I think it’s fair to say the SEC is doing a great service by supporting IEX and the D-Limit order that will level the playfield for all participants.

Although the SEC’s discussion in the lawsuit hearing was brief, Emily Parise stood her ground as to why the SEC was not violating the Administrative Procedure Act.

This case continues today and I will be updating you on the second part to the lawsuit hearing here tomorrow.

You can watch the hour debate on YouTube here (starts at 55:00).

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Citadel Fights The SEC On New D-Limit Order Against Arbitrage

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Citadel Securities LLC v. SEC October 25th | Citadel Securities sues SEC

BREAKING: Citadel is suing the SEC over the new D-Limit order that would protect displayed lit orders from being picked off by latency arbitrage players.

β€œThe SEC failed to properly consider the costs and burdens imposed by this proposal that will undermine the reliability of our markets and harm tens of millions of retail investors,” a Citadel Securities spokeswoman said in an email on Friday, via Reuters.

Now, this has been an ongoing battle since last year. However, new documents show this fight has risen in court again.

In fact, the new court date is set for October 25th of this month. This is big.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – today I’m going to be breaking down the D-Limit order and the Citadel Securities LLC vs SEC court hearing.

Let’s get started!

Community, the news that has come up today has been an ongoing fight since before GameStop began moving up between the months of October-January.

I’m going to break down the entire investigation leading up to today’s recent news and court date.

What Is The D-Limit Order?

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The D-Limit order is designed to protect liquidity providers from potential “adverse selection” by latency arbitrage trading strategies.

This rule basically gives traders a way to buy or sell stock at the exchange while protecting them against unfavorable price moves, via Reuters.

“The D-Limit Order is an artificial intelligence order type that protects displayed lit orders from  being picked off by latency arbitrage players.”

“It aims to benefit displayed equity market quotes with better prices, larger displayed sizes and more competition among liquidity providers.” via, JLN.  

This order is a massive threat to Citadel as it takes away predatory trading through the practices of market arbitrage.

What Is Market Arbitrage?

Market arbitrage is the act of buying a security in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market for a higher price.

Traders frequently attempt to exploit the arbitrage opportunity by buying a stock on a foreign exchange where the share price hasn’t yet been adjusted for the fluctuating exchange rate, via Investopedia.

This type of trading takes advantage of everyone involved, including retail investors.

Citadel personnel argue that the D-Limit rule is detrimental to millions of retail investors and undermine the reliability of the markets.

How could you even argue the point, that’s insane!

Market arbitrage is a form of predatory trading.

The D-Limit order fights against latency arbitrage from high frequency traders such as Citadel Securities.

This D-Limit order would provide the markets with more accurate prices and prevent HFT firms from using arbitrage strategies to plummet or extensively short stocks.

In short, Citadel Securities has been fighting the SEC to continue using manipulative strategies against retail investors.

Apes in the community will have to back up the SEC to create this massive change in our markets.

Citadel Securities VS SEC October 25th, 2021

This battle between Citadel Securities and the SEC has been occurring for quite some time now.

However, Citadel and the SEC now have a new court hearing on October 25th, 2021. The fight for a fair market continues.

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The lawsuit fights against the use of the D-Limit order through the IEX exchange that would provide the markets with a solution against arbitrage trading via AI technology.

Argument: Citadel Enjoys Unfair Advantages Over Other Participants

Citadel Securities has been facing major scrutiny all over social media and is now being recognized for it’s multiple scandals in the public’s eye.

In a series of documents detailing the court hearing, the SEC explains how Citadel has profited billions from high frequency trading.

Citadel enjoys unfair advantages over other market participants
Source: page 13

This D-Limit order won’t just target Citadel Securities, it’s going after a handful of other high frequency trading firms.

Eliminating these manipulative strategies would be extremely bullish for retail investors.

For example, the markets wouldn’t be as volatile.

High frequency trading has been the cause for several market meltdowns so eliminating this practice would provide retail investors with a fair playground.

Citadel, as a market maker processes more than 40% retail investor trades in the market. 100% come from Robinhood.

This means Citadel has been making money from every trade that’s been processed merely from high frequency trading.

You essentially have this monster of a company making money off of every opportunity they can get a hold of, even if it means cheating retail investors.

Opposing this order is not protecting retail investors! Citadel is suing the SEC to continue this market manipulation and we cannot let this happen.

The Citadel Securities vs SEC lawsuit will take place on Monday, October 25th.

How Will The D-Limit Order Affect Meme Stocks?

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The D-Limit order will allow momentum stocks such as AMC and GameStop to run more naturally by eliminating some of the manipulation that suppresses the stocks from performing better.

The thing about arbitrage trading is that because these hedge funds are able to find foreign exchanges where the price hasn’t yet been adjusted, they can buy ‘current’ priced stocks and sell short in other exchanges.

The D-Limit order is meant to eliminate these strategies.

This market arbitrage could very well explain how hedge funds and HFT firms have been able to short momentum stocks despite the massive buying pressure from retail investors.

Massive kudos to the SEC for fighting against Citadel. There’s a lot going on in the background that we usually aren’t aware of.

I feel that as a community we must give strength to our regulators to make a difference in the markets.

This is a democracy and we want a fair market after all.

Will The D-Limit Order Be Upheld?

The D-Limit order would create a massive change in the markets in general, not just for the ape community.

This order must be upheld. There is absolutely no justification as to why it wouldn’t be.

It is up to our community as engaged and active investors to make this information known. And it is up to us to fully support it’s nature to create real change in the markets.

Our community doesn’t have the full trust from the SEC, yet.

But we must support those in power who can fight against the market manipulation head on.

An AMC and GME short squeeze depend on it. Hedge funds will not go down without a fight so a fight it is.

A fight for a fair market, a fight for the community, and a fight for your financial freedom.

MOASS is inevitable, but it will be up to us to ensure it’s fruition.

Final Words…

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