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Occupy the SEC 2023 is Here: What’s Happening?

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Retail investors are occupying the SEC headquarters in Washington D.C. on January 27th and January 28th from 10am-4pm.

The 28th marks the two-year anniversary of the ‘meme stock’ frenzy of 2021 when Robinhood and other brokerage firms prevented investors from buying more shares of GameStop, AMC, and other heavily shorted stock in order to prevent firms from collapsing.

Regulators interfered with the people’s money by suppressing shares from rising.

Majority of investors within these communities never left, but rather hoped for justice and change in the financial system.

Retail investors have raised the issues of dark pools, OTC trading, and a number of conflicts of interest that pin regular investors to the ground.

Discussions surfaced in 2022 of protesting several SEC locations in the U.S. but never came to fruition.

Some retail investors argued against these actions while many more said they are necessary to get their voices heard.

Here’s what’s happening in the retail community today.

What is Occupy SEC 2023?

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Market News: What is Occupy SEC 2023?

The objective of occupying the SEC is to demand changes in the financial markets and to protect retail investors and companies from naked short selling and short selling misconduct.

The nationwide protests will occur on January 27th and January 28th between 10am and 4PM at 12 SEC locations, including the SEC headquarters in Washington D.C.

Outrage filled the retail community when SEC Chairman Gary Gensler confirmed 90%-95% of retail orders are processed in off-exchange platforms where the true demand for retail orders is not being reflected on the lit New York Stock Exchange.

The Wall Street ‘watch dogs’ turned a blind eye to the Madoff events that occurred during the last decade and now they’ve turned a blind eye to naked short selling and several conflicts of interest happening today within the media, hedge funds, and even regulators.

Retail investors are saying ‘we know’ what’s happening and ‘we need you to take care of it now’.

Occupy the SEC 2023 are meant to be peaceful protests.

Communities are tired of their investments in their favorite companies plummeting all because they’ve become targets of aggressive short sellers and manipulative tactics from Wall Street.

Now they’re taking the word to the streets despite gaining much attention on social media.

The lack of market transparency since the events that occurred in January of 2021 have led to these protests.

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Retail investors chant “do your job” when referring to the inaction from the SEC.

What is Stopping the SEC from Taking Action?

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler told ‘We The Investors’ he understands retail’s frustrations.

But retail investors aren’t convinced.

The SEC Chairman says that short selling is a challenging area where the SEC is still working and pursuing focus on.

One of the biggest challenges according to Chairman Gensler is that Wall Street powers will send stacks of reports highlighting rebuttals on proposals aimed towards protecting retail investors.

This is primarily because certain proposals aimed to protect retail investors conflict with Wall Street money.

And because these firms are market participants, like retail investors, these documents must be legally reviewed.

The challenge only grows when Wall Street firms open lawsuits against the SEC when certain proposals become a direct hinderance to the way these companies perform.

Regulators are in a massive bind now, facing scrutiny from both Wall Street and the average investor.

FINRA, DTCC Under Retail Scrutiny

FINRA MMTLP

FINRA has received backlash after freezing the trading of MMTLP (Meta Materials) prior to its spinoff.

The self-regulated organization is also responsible for outsourcing ‘best execution’ with the best execution rule, according to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.

This means FINRA has the power to execute orders in off-exchange and dark markets for ‘best execution’ and ‘price discovery’.

But Gary Gensler says that this rule is too important for it to not be in the SEC’s court.

The organization contains records of every trade made available intraday, including that of naked short sales.

FINRA requires firms to be able to meet their short sale requirements as well as have a process to close out fails to deliver within their required timeframes.

However, they’re the open window that allows these manipulative strategies to occur in the market.

FTDS (fails-to-deliver) are mounting up every month according to SEC data, and FINRA is unable to get firms to close out these obligations.

FINRA’s justification towards FTDs say that firms face challenges related to miscalculations.

But Chairman Gensler says this is too important for it to not be handled directly by he and his team.

DTCC Conflicts of Interest

David Inggs Citadel DTCC

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.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has said one proposal they’re looking at this year involves tackling conflicts of interest in the financial markets.

How can investors support the cause?

Retail investors

Retail investors have been supporting the cause for years now by distributing news and information that sheds light on real issues.

Franknez.com is a media blog that supports retail investors and protects the retail community from mainstream media propaganda.

You can raise awareness in your community by sharing this article, and others, or by using hashtag #OccupySEC2023 on social media.

Advisory: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. This article is not advocating violence of any kind during these peaceful rallies.

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The Retail Community Says FINRA is Corrupt

Is FINRA corrupt?
Market News: SEC Chairman speaks out on FINRA ‘best execution rule’.

The retail investor community is calling FINRA corrupt after numerous scandals have surfaced.

FINRA has received more backlash after freezing the trading of MMTLP (Meta Materials) prior to its spinoff.

But that’s not all.

During an interview with SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, he tells ‘We The Investors‘ that he believes the SEC should have the ‘Best Execution Rule‘, not the self-regulatory organization, FINRA.

More on that below.

Here’s the latest happening in the retail community.

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Who and What is FINRA?

What does FINRA stand for
What does FINRA stand for?

FINRA stands for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is a self-regulatory government organization that oversees U.S. broker-dealers.

The organization contains records of every trade made available intraday, including that of naked short sales.

FINRA requires firms to be able to meet their short sale requirements as well as have a process to close out fails to deliver within their required timeframes.

However, they’re the open window that allows these manipulative strategies to occur in the market.

FTDS (fails-to-deliver) are mounting up every month according to SEC data, and FINRA is unable to get firms to close out these obligations.

The retail community is calling it foul play, alleging the possibility of lobbying within the self-regulated organization.

FINRA’s justification towards FTDs say that firms face challenges related to miscalculations.

FINRA is also responsible for where retails orders are being executed, per the ‘Best Execution Rule‘.

Chairman Gensler says this is too important for it to not be handled directly by he and his team.

Let’d dive right into it.

What is the ‘Best Execution Rule’?

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Is FINRA corrupt? SEC Chairman Gary Gensler speaks out on ‘Best Execution Rule’.

FINRA is responsible for outsourcing ‘best execution’ with the best execution rule, according to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.

This means the self-regulatory organization has the power to execute orders in off-exchange and dark markets for ‘best execution’ and ‘price discovery’.

But Gary Gensler says that this rule is too important for it to not be in the SEC’s court.

The Chairman told ‘We The Investors’ that he does not agree that sending 60%-80% of certain stock to the dark markets is the best way for FINRA to act on price discovery or that he would consider to be ‘best execution’.

He says that to establish price in a lit marketplace, a competitive marketplace, that brings more buyers and more sellers to the marketplace will tend to have more support.

But retail investors remain critical of the Chairman despite his direct communication with the retail community in December.

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How Bloomberg’s Beloved Citadel Securities Manipulates the Market

Market News: Here's how Bloomberg's beloved Citadel Securities manipulates the stock market.
Market News: Here’s how Bloomberg’s beloved Citadel Securities manipulates the stock market.

Citadel Securities is a leading financial institution known for its expertise in electronic trading and market making.

However, the company has also been embroiled in controversy surrounding allegations of manipulation in the markets.

In this article, we will explore the history of Citadel Securities and the accusations of market manipulation that have been levied against the company.

We will also examine the potential consequences of such behavior, both for Citadel Securities and for the broader financial industry.

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How Does Citadel Securities Manipulate the Stock Market?

How does Citadel Securities manipulate the stock market?
How does Citadel Securities manipulate the stock market?

Citadel LLC was founded in 1990 while Citadel Securities was founded in 2002 by Ken Griffin.

Citadel Securities is a leading global market maker that provides liquidity to financial markets.

The company is known for its use of advanced technology and quantitative strategies to facilitate price discovery and drive market efficiency.

However, Citadel Securities has also been accused of manipulating financial markets in order to gain an unfair advantage.

Here are 5 ways Citadel Securities manipulates the stock market.

#1. High Frequency Trading (HFT)

One example of Citadel Securities’ alleged market manipulation is its use of high-frequency trading (HFT) algorithms.

HFT algorithms are designed to execute trades at extremely high speeds, often in fractions of a second.

This allows Citadel Securities to react to market movements faster than other traders and potentially gain an unfair advantage.

Critics argue that the use of HFT algorithms allows Citadel Securities to manipulate prices by quickly buying or selling large volumes of securities, which can create artificial demand or supply and move prices in their favor.

#2. Dark Pools

Another area where Citadel Securities has faced accusations of manipulation is in the realm of dark pools.

Dark pools are private stock exchanges that allow traders to buy and sell securities without revealing their identities or the details of their trades.

This can create a lack of transparency, making it difficult for regulators to monitor market activity and prevent manipulation.

Citadel Securities operates a number of dark pools and has been accused of using these platforms to engage in insider trading and other forms of market manipulation.

In addition to its use of HFT algorithms and dark pools, Citadel Securities has also been criticized for its role in the flash crash of 2010.

On May 6, 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged nearly 1,000 points in a matter of minutes, before quickly recovering.

The cause of the flash crash was traced to a large sell order that was executed by Citadel Securities, which many believe was done intentionally to trigger a market panic.

Critics argue that Citadel Securities exploited the vulnerabilities of the market in order to profit from the flash crash.

#3. Spoofing

Another tactic that Citadel has been accused of using is spoofing, which involves placing a large number of fake orders in the market with the intention of tricking other traders into thinking there is more demand or supply than there actually is.

This can cause prices to move in the desired direction, allowing Citadel to profit from the manipulation.

In 2015, Citadel was one of several firms that were fined by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for engaging in spoofing.

In December of 2022, a Biotech company researching cancer has decided to sue Citadel Securities for spoofing their stock.

#4. “Front Running”

Citadel has also been accused of engaging in “front-running” – a practice in which traders use inside information to gain an unfair advantage in the market.

In 2013, the company was sued by the New York Attorney General for front-running, but the case was later settled out of court.

Despite these controversies, Citadel remains a major player in the financial world.

Its use of algorithms and high-frequency trading has made it incredibly successful, but it has also raised concerns about the potential for market manipulation.

One of the key reasons for Citadel’s success is its ability to manipulate the markets to its advantage.

This is done through a variety of strategies, including high-frequency trading, where the firm uses powerful computer algorithms to make trades at incredibly fast speeds.

This allows Citadel to take advantage of even the slightest market movements and make a profit.

Related: Biotech Company Suing Citadel Over Market Manipulation

#5. Derivatives

Another way in which Citadel manipulates the markets is through the use of complex financial instruments known as derivatives.

These are financial contracts that derive their value from an underlying asset, such as a stock or a bond.

Citadel uses derivatives to speculate on the future value of these assets, and to hedge against potential losses.

This allows the firm to make huge profits even in volatile market conditions.

Despite its impressive track record and reputation, Citadel Securities has faced allegations of manipulation in recent years.

In particular, the company has been accused of using its dominant market position to manipulate prices and engage in other forms of misconduct.

These allegations have led to significant scrutiny from regulators, authorities, but primarily by retail investors who are concerned about the impact of such practices on the integrity of financial markets.

Related: Here’s How FINRA Has Failed Retail Investors

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AMC Entertainment Shares Fall to January 2021 Levels

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Here is the latest AMC stock news.

AMC Entertainment shares have fallen below $5.

The last time shares traded at this level retail investors were aiming at squeezing short sellers from their positions.

Retailers who aimed to push AMC’s share price above $100 per share when it reached its all-time high of $72 persist on squeezing shorts today.

AMC closed at $4.89 on Monday with healthy trading volume around 28.5 million, 2 million more than its average.

The movie theatre’s market cap has fallen below 3 billion, currently at 2.5 billion.

Shareholders who are down significant amounts of dollars say market manipulation played a huge role in suppressing the demand created by retail investors.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler admitted to dark exchanges having an unfair advantage over the average investor in an interview with ‘We The Investors‘.

He even claimed that he doesn’t believe the self-regulatory organization FINRA should have the ‘best execution rule‘, which allows them to execute orders in off-exchange and dark markets.

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In a recent interview conducted by ‘We The Investors’, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler says he understands retail frustrations.

But retail investors were quick to give the Chairman backlash, stating actions speak louder than words.

While ‘We The Investors’ has taken a historic step towards representing the retail community in front of regulators as a whole, many retail investors remain skeptical, lacking trust from government leaders.

The SEC Chairman says that short selling is a challenging area where the SEC is still working and pursuing focus on.

One of the biggest challenges according to Chairman Gensler is that Wall Street powers will send stacks of reports highlighting rebuttals on proposals aimed at protecting retail investors.

Dave Laurer asked the SEC Chairman if dark pools suppressed the price of stock and whether retail investors could influence the price of a stock if majority of orders traded in the lit exchange.

While there was no direct answer to the suppression of price, the Chairman says that with so much trading happening off-exchange, he doesn’t think it’s a leveled playing field as dark pools give institutions an unfair advantage.

Retail investors as individuals don’t have the power to move the markets, but retail orders combined could have significant price impact, said the SEC Chairman.

“FINRA must be investigated”, says The Retail Community

Self-regulated organization FINRA has been receiving a lot of attention on social media recently.

While FINRA requires firms to be able to meet their short sale requirements as well as have a process to close out fails to deliver within their required timeframes, the organization allows the manipulation in the markets to happen.

FTDS (fails-to-deliver) are mounting up every month according to SEC data, and FINRA is unable to get firms to close out these obligations.

The retail community is calling it foul play, alleging the possibility of lobbying within the self-regulated organization.

But despite the falling prices from both AMC Entertainment and its equity (APE), the company continues to trend on social media.

Investors haven’t been scared off so easily but rather empowered to fight for transparency in the markets.

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Related: Adam Aron Addresses Falling APE Shares


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Here’s How FINRA Has Failed Retail Investors

FINRA has failed retail investors
Market News: How FINRA has failed the retail investor community.

FINRA, or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is a non-governmental organization that oversees the securities industry in the United States.

It is responsible for regulating broker-dealers, issuing and enforcing rules for the industry, and protecting investors from fraud and other unethical practices.

While FINRA plays a crucial role in ensuring the integrity of the financial markets, it has been criticized for its handling of certain cases and its failure to adequately protect investors.

One of the main criticisms of FINRA is its arbitration process, which is often used to resolve disputes between investors and broker-dealers.

Critics argue that the arbitration process is biased in favor of the broker-dealers and does not provide investors with a fair and impartial hearing.

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Ways FINRA Has Been Complicit

How FINRA has been part of the problem.
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Investors have reported that they were not allowed to present certain evidence or witnesses during arbitration, and that the arbitrators were not neutral and impartial.

Additionally, the arbitration process is often confidential, which means that investors are unable to share their experiences or warn others about potential issues.

Another criticism of FINRA is its failure to adequately police the securities industry and to hold broker-dealers accountable for their actions.

In some cases, FINRA has been criticized for not taking action against broker-dealers who have engaged in unethical or illegal practices, such as insider trading or fraud.

Additionally, some investors have reported that FINRA did not respond to their complaints or take action against the broker-dealers involved.

This has led to a lack of trust in FINRA’s ability to protect investors and to maintain the integrity of the financial markets.

Also Read: Retail Investors Say FINRA Abused Its Power by Halting MMTLP

Transparency and Accountability

In addition to these issues, FINRA has also been criticized for its lack of transparency and accountability.

For example, some critics argue that FINRA’s decision-making process is not transparent and that it is not accountable to investors or the public.

Additionally, FINRA’s funding model has also been criticized, as it is funded largely by the securities industry, which some argue creates a conflict of interest.

Overall, while FINRA plays a crucial role in regulating the securities industry and protecting investors, it has faced criticism for its handling of certain cases and its failure to adequately police the industry.

Critics argue that its arbitration process is biased, that it does not adequately hold broker-dealers accountable, and that it lacks transparency and accountability.

It is important for FINRA to address these concerns and to work to improve its processes and policies in order to better protect investors and maintain the integrity of the financial markets.

What Can Retail Investors Do?

FINRA market manipulation | Is FINRA corrupt?
FINRA market manipulation | Is FINRA corrupt?

Retail investors can voice their opinions and concerns on FINRA market injustices on social media in order to raise awareness. #FINRAFraud

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