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

Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.
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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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DTCC Takes Advantage of Small Traders in New Scandal

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Market News Daily – DTCC Takes Advantage of Small Traders in New Scandal.

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC) is taking advantage of small traders in the latest regulatory scandal.

The clearinghouse that processes U.S. stock trades is selling data that sophisticated traders can use to profit at the expense of more traditional investors, according to a new report, drawing criticism from money managers and brokers.

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. is “leaking sensitive trading data” via two little-known data feeds, institutional brokerage Themis Trading said in a report to clients that was released on the brokerage firm’s website Thursday.

Traders at several investment managers, including T. Rowe Price of Baltimore and Baillie Gifford of the U.K., told The Wall Street Journal they believe the practice could undermine their businesses and should be abandoned.

The DTCC disputed the report.

“We categorically reject any claim that our data products reveal or could be used to reveal confidential information, including the trading strategies of particular firms,” said Tim Keady, managing director and chief client officer at the DTCC.

Mr. Keady said the DTCC’s feeds anonymized the firms doing the trading, provided only aggregated data across many transactions and came out with a delay—measures designed to eliminate the risk of information leakage.

Money managers said they worried about harmful impacts from the two data feeds, called Equity Kinetics and Investor Kinetics.

“It seems inappropriate that the information that we must provide to settle trades is repurposed in a manner that directly harms our clients,” said Doug Schrank, head of trading at Southeastern Asset Management.

DTCC is Selling Data Traders Can Use to Profit at The Expense of More Traditional Investors

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Market News Daily – DTCC Takes Advantage of Small Traders in New Scandal.

The DTCC is owned by a financial-industry consortium whose members include many Wall Street banks.

It clears and settles hundreds of billions of dollars of securities trades each day.

Its main function is to ensure that shares are delivered to buyers and cash is delivered to sellers.

The clearinghouse collects transaction fees and typically reinvests profits into its services or rebates them back to members.

It also has a side business selling data.

In 2022 its revenues from data-related services grew 15% to $56 million, out of a total $2.2 billion in revenues, the DTCC’s financials show.

The two data feeds featured in Themis’s report paint a picture of market activity—including what kinds of firms are the heaviest buyers and sellers in individual stocks—based on activity at the clearinghouse.

Potentially, such data feeds can be used as inputs for computerized trading strategies, signaling to programs when to buy or sell, per WSJ.

Traders at several asset managers voiced concern that the DTCC data feeds could help reveal when their firms are buying or selling a stock, a process that can sometimes stretch out over days or weeks.

Data Feeds Deemed as “Gold Mines”

One firm that the DTCC hired to test out the data feeds said they produced lucrative trading signals and called Investor Kinetics a “gold mine.” 

CloudQuant, a firm that evaluates data sets for algorithmic traders, said it developed potential trading strategies using the two DTCC feeds.

The strategy based on Equity Kinetics returned 17% annually, while the strategy based on Investor Kinetics returned 36% annually, according to the evaluations posted on CloudQuant’s website. 

Asked about the report, CloudQuant Chief Executive Morgan Slade played down the value of the DTCC feeds. “This information is available from a myriad of sources if you know where to look for it and have the right skill set,” Mr. Slade said. “We’re just trying to level the playing field and make it more accessible.”

Source(s): WSJ.

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Global Head of Operations at Citadel Has a Board Seat at DTCC

Market News: Conflicts of interest arise - #CitadelScandal
Market News: Conflicts of interest arise – #CitadelScandal

David Inggs is Global Head of Operations at Citadel and is responsible for all products across asset servicing, billing, cash management, clearing, and has a board seat at the DTCC.

The conflict of interest has raised big concerns amongst the retail investor community online as Citadel has been a leading and one of the biggest short sellers in the stock market.

On January 28th, 2021, The DTCC waived $9.7 billion of collateral deposit, limiting institutional losses and limiting retail profits during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.

The organization allowed several naked shares to flood the market prior to the massive jump in share prices only to help financial institutions in the end.

Citadel and Melvin Capital who shut down last year, lost billions during the event.

Melvin was crippled throughout 2022 from its severe losses in GameStop the year prior.

Had the DTCC not stepped in, the hedge fund would have closed that same year.

“Anyone shorting AMC or GameStop is out of their mind. Wallstreetbets is too powerful, and trying to bet against them right now is just giving them more ammo”, said Jim Cramer.

Since the halt of ‘meme stocks’, the retail community has been uncovering a variety of conflicts of interest too big to ignore.

Who is David Inggs?

David Inggs DTCC

David Inggs is Global Head of Operations at Citadel and is responsible for all products across asset servicing, billing, cash management, clearing, Collateral Management, Reconciliation & Control and Settlements and is on the Board of Directors at the DTCC.

Prior to joining Citadel, David served as Chief Operations Officer of E*TRADE where he led operations globally across Trade Execution, Global Clearing, Middle Office and Shared Services, among other functions.

David spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director and held numerous leadership positions over the course of a decade, including Global Head of Clearing Operations and Head of Credit Default Swaps and Equity Derivative Operations.

David also worked at Morgan Stanley, where he served as an Executive Director and Head of Global Bank Loans, in addition to work in credit derivatives and collateral management.

The Global Head of Operations at Citadel has worked for every major criminal financial institution that has been too big to face serious consequences from fraud or market manipulation in the past.

Retail investors say this is market injustice and regulators are part of the problem.

Who is the DTCC?

The DTCC (Depositary Trust and Clearing Corporation) is an American post-trade financial services company providing clearing and settlement services to the financial markets.

The DTCC processes trillions of dollars of securities on a daily basis.

As the centralized clearinghouse for various exchanges and equity platforms, the DTCC settles transactions between buyers and sellers of securities.

The information is recorded by its subsidiary, the NSCC.

After the NSCC has processed and recorded a trade, they provide a report to the brokers and financial professionals involved.

This report includes their net securities positions after the trade and the money that is due to be settled between the two parties.

Clearing corporations such as the DTCC may receive cash from a buyer and securities or futures contracts from a seller.

The clearing corporation then manages the exchange and collects a fee for this service.

The size of the fee is dependent on the size of the transaction, the level of service required, and the type of security being traded. 

Investors who make several transactions in a day can generate significant fees.

This means every naked share that has been created on the ‘short side’ has been recorded and bypassed by the DTCC/NSCC, all for a fee.

Related: Robinhood and Citadel Colluded Night Prior to Trading Restrictions

GameStopped

DTCC GME
DTCC GME Halt – GameStopped.

A press released was published advising of the circumstances that occurred during the time ‘meme stocks’ were halted.

The DTCC waived $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirement on January 28th, 2021, limiting institutional losses and limiting retail profits.

While AMC Entertainment stock was able to surge months after the January event, GameStop shareholders were strongly affected by the halts.

Retail investors say they feel cheated from regulators who failed to let the short squeeze play out in their favor.

Conflicts of interest such as David Inggs’ involvement with Citadel and the DTCC could be seen as a detriment to market integrity.

In an interview with ‘We The Investors’, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said one proposal they’re looking at this year involves tackling conflicts of interest in the financial markets.

Citadel processes more than 40% of retail’s orders through PFOF (payment for order flow), and with a bias towards short selling, gives the hedge fund an incredible advantage over the common investor.

Should the involvement between both Citadel and the DTCC be considered a crime?

Or is this just a coincidence?

Leave your thoughts below.

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AMC Becomes One of The Most Purchased Stocks

Market News: AMC becomes one of the most purchased stocks on Fidelity
Market News: AMC becomes one of the most purchased stocks on Fidelity

Wall Street is baffled as AMC becomes one of the most purchased stocks on Fidelity in the past week.

Mark Taylor from Mirabaud Securities says “the ‘smart guys’ are confused and fighting from a position of weakness.”

But has the retail community really been that covert?

The retail community has been fighting against market injustices for over a year now, which a lot has been an effort to drive short sellers out of ‘meme stocks’ such as AMC and GameStop.

‘Meme stocks’ have been suppressed by market makers and short sellers in order to prevent the stocks’ high demand from causing further losses.

It was reported AMC short sellers had lost more than $1 billion this year so far.

Are retail investors about to deliver another blow to Wall Street?

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AMC breaks $20 again

AMC Entertainment stock has broken the $20 levels again.

It’s going to have to hold well above $26-$27 if retail investors are to see it beyond $30 again.

AMC had peaked to $27.47 during the pre-market but underperformed like majority of stocks.

While trading volume in the past two days has been over 100m, today’s volume showed signs of cooling momentum.

Still, AMC is holding around $22.50 relatively well.

Shareholders are loading up on the stock prior to the new dividend distributions.

AMC will be distributing 1 APE stock for every 1 AMC share investors hold.

The new security will be tradable in the market and will provide the company with liquidity to pay down their debt and raise cash if need be.

For investors, a cash cow that may significantly grow in value.

This incentive is attracting more investors to buy the theatre chain stock and causing confusion amongst short sellers.

But there’s one thing mainstream media isn’t discussing, and that’s that retail activists and shareholders aren’t going anywhere.

Some folks truly don’t know

The retail community might have been painted as degenerates that originated from the Wall Street Bets Reddit forum and that what happened last year simply happened.

But that’s not the case at all.

The activist community has grown and has aimed at the SEC for its incompetence in market structure.

Marketing campaigns have sprawled on the streets of Chicago calling out Citadel’s Ken Griffin for market manipulation and Gary Gensler for allegedly being complicit.

Even the DTCC is under fire by retail investors yearning for change in the market.

The Depositary Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) had its windows covered with flyers that read – DTCC, Disgraceful, Thieving, Complicit, Committee “allowing financial crimes under their watch”.

The market manipulation that has suppressed ‘meme stocks’ such as AMC for over a year now have prevented the stock from squeezing the big players from the game.

Loopholes have raised the attention of millions of investors who simply want to participate in a fair market where supply and demand dictate price action, not market makers and complicit regulators.

Some folks don’t truly know this, but this is a new breed of retail investors.

‘Meme stocks’ become beacons for change

So why are people becoming obsessive with stocks such as AMC and GameStop?

It’s because in today’s world, people are obsessed with real positive change.

For change in their daily lives, change in the financial lives, and change in the markets for the future generation.

Wall Street will very soon notice it’s time to pass the torch.

Finance is changing, culture is changing.

This is why AMC stock has become one of the most purchased stocks in the market.

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