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What Are Dark Pools in Stock Trading? (AMC)

What are dark pools in the stock market?

Dark pools are somewhat of a mystery to new retail investors. We hear about them a lot within the AMC community, especially through Trey’s Trades. We know that they allow hedge funds to make undocumented trades behind doors.

So what exactly are dark pools? And, is something being done about them? I want to expose this subject today.

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What is a dark pool?

A dark pool is basically a financial forum or platform for trading stocks or other securities. Dark pools are privately organized and are known to be an alternative trading system. These ATS’s are seldomly regulated.

The concerns regarding dark pools and AMC Entertainment has been that we simply don’t know what these communities are hiding from the SEC. This slimy strategy is what’s known as backdoor buying and selling.

Why are dark pools used?

Dark pools give hedge funds an advantage in the sense that they are able to conceal their moves. We can only speculate what type of information is being hid from the public here. Details within these dark pools are not accessible by the trading public.

This lack of transparency may allow dark pools to conceal information such as:

  • The illicit activity of naked shorting
  • Explanations behind millions of fails-to-delivers
  • Any discussion regarding malpractice in the market
  • Inaccurate filings and reports

Dark pools can very well be the place where short sellers get together to discuss strategies and the ruining of companies.

It could be the reason why we don’t know how many short sellers are shorting ‘meme stocks’ and other information that would otherwise prove a fair market for both institutions and retail investors.

Is the SEC looking into dark pools?

SEC dark pools gary gensler

In a recent article regarding the high possibilities of automated margin calls, I point out some research I found on Gary Gensler, Chairman of the SEC.

He publicly announces that the SEC has been observing hedge fund activities since January and are taking action to regulate these entities shorting AMC and other ‘meme stocks’.

One of Gary’s proposals states that hedge funds could face 13-F filings. These filings would provide the SEC with insight on equity as well as dark pool disclosure.

I trust we will begin to see this new chairman make the right calls. It’s time for change and our generation will be the ones to make it happen.

Dark pools could explain the low short borrow fee

Could dark pools be the explanation as to why the short borrow fee is so low for hedge funds shorting AMC and GameStop? Now, because so much information is in the shadows, this of course is only speculation.

According to Investopedia, dark pools can charge lower fees than exchanges because they are often housed within a large firm and not necessarily a bank.

dark pools Investopedia
via. Investopedia

Why do these large firms (hedge funds) have this much power in the first place? This advantage is completely deceitful and unruly. It really does make you look at the SEC and think why in the world has no one taken action sooner.

Are dark pools illegal?

Dark pools are not illegal but they are certainly unethical. Per the SEC, we can expect real regulation to surround these exchanges relatively soon.

Bloomberg Tradebook

bloomberg tradebook dark pool SEC

The Bloomberg Tradebook is a dark pool that is owned by Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg is a financial media company that has been trashing AMC Entertainment for quite some time now.

Bloomberg Tradebook Dark Pool AMC Stock

Bloomberg has published FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) articles in efforts to scare people out of their money. This raises questions regarding the ethics of these manipulators who gather behind close doors in order to stray the public from squeezing shorts out of their positions.

Other dark pool exchanges

Institutions such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs also offer private trading to their clients through the use of dark pools.

The main concern here is that the information that is made public to the SEC can easily be manipulated. Mainly to conceal foul play and inaccurate information.

The information that is available on Stonk-O-Tracker regarding AMC and dark pools is the percentage of trading within these forums/exchanges; which is usually relatively high.

How does this affect AMC stock?

AMC stock dark pools

These private exchanges may be illegally trading naked shares behind close doors refraining AMC’s stock price from further climbing. Although AMC is up nearly 3000% year-to-date, hedge funds continue to attack it through sell walls and short ladder attacks.

And since these private forums could potentially have been getting away with inaccurate reports, the possibility of foul play in the market is certainly there.

How can retail investors fight these predatory trading practices?

Retail investors have several advantages over hedge funds shorting AMC and other ‘meme stocks’. The community must stay the course if they are to squeeze these short sellers out of their positions.

Not only are hedge funds losing billions, but the SEC has finally begun to implement new regulations that could automate margin calls in overleveraged accounts. I’m personally not worried. These house of cards are falling at the times they should.

Read: 6 things retail investors holding AMC stock should know

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Which Stock Should You Invest In? AMC or GME?

Which is the better buy? AMC or GME
AMC VS GME #diamondhands

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Are you suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out). While we’re not financial advisors, we are certainly pro opportunity. So, which meme stock should you invest in? AMC or GME? And, is it too late to invest in either of them?

Let me walk you through the facts so you can decide which is the better buy between the two.

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Before we get started it is very important to mention that both these stocks are currently very volatile.

It is suggested that all financial decision is made based upon your own due diligence. GME stock has seen incredible gains in the past two months and analysts are determined AMC is going to have a similar run, if not bigger.

AMC & GME Short Share Volume

Here are the short share volume numbers as of June 7th, 2021.

  • AMC Short Share Volume: 500,000 (via. Fintel)
  • GME Short Share Volume: 350,000 shares (via. Fintel)

Now, this is only Fintel so take it with a grain of salt.

Why is this important?

The number of short shares available represents the number of shares that have yet to be covered by short-investors or hedge funds.

Short-investors and hedge funds alike are betting on both AMC and GME to completely fail. This means they don’t believe AMC or GME (GameStop) can innovate as businesses to thrive in the marketplace.

The r/wallstreetbets community and millions of people would beg to differ. This is why AMC and GME have take the stock market by a storm.

What happens when shorts close/cover their positions?

Both AMC and GME are going up in share price. When short-sellers cover their positions at a higher share price than they borrowed the share, they lose money.

Because they bought a share at a higher price, the stock price continues to go up as long as retail investors hold their positions. This essentially creates a supply and demand scenario between short sellers and retail investors.

What happens if shorts keep holding and don’t cover their positions?

Short-sellers can only hold for so long. See, they eventually have to pay an interest on the shares they borrowed.

Here are the current short interest for both AMC and GME stock (June 3rd, 2021):

These change from time to time

As you can see, AMC has a bigger interest rate than GME at the moment. This means short-sellers are paying a much larger fee to short AMC stock.

This borrow rate fee increases as the demand for the stock rises.

Why is this important to the retail investor?

The borrow fee interest pressures short sellers to close their positions before they pay bigger and bigger fees for borrowing AMC and GME shares.

When a short-seller closes their position higher than they borrowed the share for, they lose money. The retail investor then continues to see a rise in share price. This ladies and gentlemen is where retail investors begin to experience a series of gamma squeezes before a short squeeze.

What’s the difference between a gamma squeeze and a short squeeze?

A gamma squeeze usually occurs when retail investors bet on the price of a stock such as AMC or GME to go up. Share price will then increase due to specified call options or contracts.

A short squeeze essentially occurs when a heavily shorted stock increases in value and short-sellers must cover their positions.

AMC and GME short squeeze

AMC

AMC Short Squeeze

We saw a gamma squeeze from AMC when the stock price shot up to about $20 per share. This was mainly due to retail investors buying call options.

We have not seen a short squeeze from AMC just yet. This is why AMC stock is a very popular choice for people who missed out on GameStop the first run.

AMC’s share price is also significantly lower and more affordable to the average retail investor than that of GameStop. With more investors getting in on AMC, another gamma squeeze is on the horizon. If retail investors continue to hold their positions, a short squeeze is inevitable.

Read: How high can AMC stock price skyrocket up to?

GME

GME Short Squeeze

GME experienced its gamma squeeze right before we saw it short squeeze all the way up to $500. Its gamma squeeze consisted of perpetual gains beginning around the $20 mark all the way up to $100 before it squeezed and saw sharp gains.

After GME squeezed, it hovered around $40. We recently saw another GME gamma squeeze sending it back up to the $100 range.

GME’s mastermind, Keith Gill AKA Roarking Kitty (deepf******value), has also mentioned doubling down on GameStop investment. You can find sources everywhere online.

Read: Will GameStop see a massive short squeeze again?

More institutions are buying and holding AMC than GME stock

We’re seeing more and more institutions such as Vanguard, BlackRock, and Charles Schwab continue to add and hold to their AMC positions (via. Nasdaq). As of May 21st, the top whales continue to add to their long positions.

AMC institutional buyers
AMC Institutional Buyers (as of 5/21)

GME on the other hand has seen quite some selloff from institutions. Which by the way is okay. Investors are simply closing profits with the gains they’ve seen from GME via. Nasdaq.

GME Institutional buyers
GME Institutional Buyers (as of 5/21)

Innovation: AMC VS GME

While it’s hard to see how GME can innovate their retail stores, AMC doesn’t seem to have that problem.

I personally believe innovation has a strong influence in the decision-making process when investing in either AMC or GME.

GameStop can continue to sell to gamers online. We won’t see much change to their retail stores. AMC on the other hand can innovate with virtual reality but ultimately doesn’t have to since people are going to the movie theaters again.

Related: Why is AMC stock going up again?

If you’re a new retail investor looking to get into one of these stocks, AMC is more than likely your best bet.

The stock has a lot of upside potential.

  • AMC stock is currently affordable
  • The stock has not hit a short squeeze yet
  • It is one of the most shorted stocks in the market
  • The stocks market cap, volume, and short borrow fee keep increasing

GME stock is a good pick for current GME holders

If you’re currently holding GME it looks like you will continue to see volatility. You can take advantage by buying the dips and holding your positions.

If you didn’t cash out when GME peaked, there’s a probability you will get another chance if GME continues to stay in bullish territory. This of course is heavy speculation.

I want to ditch Robinhood – what other platform can I use?

Ditch Robinhood - invest in GME and AMC with another platform
Ditch Robing-Hood: Invest in GME and AMC using another platform

If you’re looking to ditch Robinhood, we strongly suggest switching to a real broker account.

Robinhood tarnished GameStop momentum by preventing retail investors from buying more stock.

I recommend: Vanguard –> Link

I’ve also published a post on how to invest in the stock market step by step where I include a list of other platforms you can check out here.

Read: Why new retail investors investing in AMC should avoid Robinhood

So, which is the better buy? AMC or GME?

If you’re looking to get into an affordable stock that has a high potential of squeezing, then AMC will be your best bet. It’s fundamentals also determine this stock is a good long-term buy.

Although GME’s hype can still cause a potential squeeze in the future, it’s still much lower than AMC’s probability. If you have a position in GME then I recommend holding and taking any gains you can. Otherwise, keep holding if you love the company.

Whether you go for AMC or GME stock, you should always invest in a company you truly love and believe in. Think long-term for the most part. If you can make some money short-term, even more power to you.

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Capital Gains Taxes: A Simple Walkthrough

Capital gains taxes: a simple walkthrough

Curious of how much money you’ll have to fork up to the IRS in capital gains tax when you cash in your profits? If so, you’re in the right place. This post was tailored just for you.

This topic was requested by Sonia from the discord group. If you aren’t a member yet be sure to join to get your voice heard. People like you are joining our safe community every day.

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What are capital gains?

what are capital gains?

Capital gains are the profits from the sale of an asset such as the shares of a particular stock, property, or business.

The community who requested this article surround the AMC and GameStop phenomenon – yup, the awesome apes and rebels fighting the corporate financial system. So, in honor to this growing community, this discussion will be on the capital gains tax of a stock.

Capital gains tax

Capital gains taxes are the taxes you will owe after taking profits from a particular stock.

A lot of you are wondering how much your actual cut will be once you begin to take profits as a shareholder.

What will be my tax rate?

Now this will vary for each and every one of you retail investors. There are 3 main variables that will determine this:

  1. How long you’ve held the stock for before selling
  2. How much you profit
  3. Your tax bracket (if you filed single, married, etc.)

Here’s how this works.

Short-term capital gains

Short-term capital gains tax is a tax on profits from the sales of a stock held less than a year.

What is the tax rate on short-term capital gains?

10%, 12%, 22%, 24% 32%, 35%, or 37%.

This capital gains tax is going to apply to most AMC and GME shareholders.

Long-term capital gains

Long-term capital gains tax is a tax on profits from the sale of a stock held for over one year.

What is the tax rate on long-term capital gains?

0%, 15%, or 20%.

Long-term capital gains will allow retail investors to keep more of their profit.

Profit and Income Tax Bracket

The two tax brackets charts below should provide you with a definitive answer as to what tax rate you will have on your profits.

The taxable income sections refer to your profits$. This will depend on 1) the capital gains and 2) whether you’re filing singe, married filing jointly, married but filing separately, or claiming head of household.


Filing Single or Married Filing Jointly

Source via. kiplinger

The above tax bracket shows your tax rate if you’re filing single, or married jointly.

Married Filing Separately or Head of Household

Source via. kiplinger

This tax bracket is if you’re filing married and filing separately, or are head of household.

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Breaking Down Trey’s Trades Video w/ Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street Interview Trey's Trades

Trey’s Trades just released an honest video interviewing Jordan Belfort, AKA The real Wolf of Wall Street.

The ape community holding AMC stock was actually looking forward to this video but found themselves perplexed and rather disappointed.

I’m going to breakdown key points from the video to provide some clarification. I’ve watched ‘listened’ to the video a few times to gain a different perspective on the interview.

Massive thanks to Trey’s Trades for the intention. I think we can all agree Trey held himself very well during the interview with Jordan Belfort. You’re the real goat brother.

Trey’s Trades vs. Wolf of Wall Street – Intro

This interview begins with Trey humbly expressing his gratitude, concern for Jordan’s health, and respect for the wolf’s time.

Trey sets the mood with by saying, “I think there’s a huge opportunity for some education”. He also mentions there’s been a lot of cool stuff going on in The Wolf of Wall Street’s Twitter as he expresses his excitement.

As most of you know, Jordan Belfort has been supporting the AMC movement via Twitter.

The AMC & GameStop situation

The Wolf of Wall Street goes on to discuss the dilution of shares in general. Jordan Belfort further explains that a dilution would mean short-term discomfort in the stock but could benefit a company immensely long-term.

I actually said this back on April 1st when AMC share price started to drop due to Adam Aron’s announcement seeking approval from its shareholders to issue 500 million more shares. You can check out the post here.

Jordan Belfort thinks an issue of shares will pass

Trey asks The Wolf if he thinks it’s likely that an issue of shares can pass where Jordan then responds with certainty that it will pass.

Apes, you have to take this with a grain of salt. This is only Jordan Belfort’s opinion. Remember, you the shareholder get to vote whether this passes or not.

If you hold AMC stock then you should have received an email from your brokerage account with the form to vote. Be sure to search it in your mailbox if you’re uncertain.

What happens if 500 million shares are approved?

If it passes:

  • AMC becomes more of a long-term investment with a lot of upside for the company. As a shareholder, you will still be profitable.
  • Will a squeeze still happen? More than likely. A dilution would bring the stock price down which would be a favorable position for shorts to cover.
  • Approving this does not mean all shares will be issued at once. This is only a ‘backup’ in case of another disaster that can be a detriment to AMC as a company.

If we vote no:

  • AMC will simply have to pay it’s dues as they continue to see profits
  • The share price will not dilute
  • AMC won’t have a backup in case a second pandemic occurred hypothetically speaking

Verdict?

All in all, The Wolf of Wall Street had nothing negative to say about AMC here. These are straight facts that really don’t affect AMC negatively in any way.

“Wildly Overvalued”

Jordan Belfort then begins to advise that both AMC and GameStop are wildly overvalued.

I personally think he’s mainly referring to GameStop here. GameStop is wildly overvalued and it’s certainly no surprise to hear so. Again, there’s no negative talk about the stock(s). The Wolf of Wall Street is presenting an opinion that is widely accepted through fundamentals.

GameStop was hyped to squeeze despite the drop in value and revenue in the company, so there’s no argument there. However, AMC is currently undervalued if you look at pre-pandemic records.

The Wolf is already thinking ahead. AMC is not overvalued yet, but it will be.

And as he mentions in the interview, once these stocks take off they are bound to come back down. Fundamentals will eventually correct the stock and trade on ‘normal’ levels.

At least they should.

“Whoever Buys The Stock Is Kinda Nutty”

The Wolf of Wall Street goes on to say that as a shareholder, it is our responsibility to take advantage of the inflated price.

Jordan Belfort is trying to get a lot out during this part of the interview. He mentions if people are going to buy the stock at 10 times the price that it’s trading at ‘fundamentally’ it’s not worth buying.

Again, I believe he’s referring to GameStop where it’s currently sitting at. What I get from this message is that it doesn’t make sense to buy at the top of a stock that can potentially correct itself back to fundamentals.

He then goes to say whoever buys the stock (at the inflated price) is ‘kinda nutty’.

“This doesn’t mean you can’t make a lot of money trading at these higher prices”. This quote is why I believe he’s referring to GameStop. AMC isn’t there yet.

This is how I’m perceiving this part of the video. Let me know in the comments section below your personal opinion.

Trey agrees with this

Trey agrees that GME is overvalued and that a dilution would help AMC in the long-term with cash should they ever need it.

Most people didn’t catch the Bitcoin bit

Most apes didn’t catch this but the reason The Wolf mentioned Bitcoin is because he was using it as an example to compare it vs. how stocks work.

He basically states that Bitcoin unlike stocks can go up and stay up for a while, come back relatively low, and continue this cycle. Jordan states that stocks don’t move this way and he wanted to clarify this for the viewers, mainly new retail investors.

GameStop second squeeze?

Trey asks The Wolf of Wall Street if he thinks GameStop will have a second squeeze. Jordan responds saying he predicted the second squeeze meaning it’s already happened and that a third one isn’t likely. Although, he does make a reference that it was most likely a ‘gamma squeeze’ the second time around.

Again, this is only Jordan Belfort’s opinion and solely based on GameStop, not AMC.

“I love the average person is making money”

The Wolf of Wall Street expresses he thinks it’s great the average person is making money and doesn’t want us to think he’s against what’s going on. Jordan then goes to say he just doesn’t think any high price action will be sustainable.

Which makes sense apes. When GameStop’s squeeze peaked at $500 it did not sustain. It became volatile and dropped all the way back down to $40 before gamma squeezing up to $200.

The bear market discussion

The Wolf of Wall Street explains that a rising tide lifts ships and a falling tide sinks all ships.

He’s referring to a bear market vs. a bull market. Jordan further explains that during a bear market all stocks tend to go down no matter what hype surrounds it.

We’ve seen a little bit of this occur with AMC mainly on the days that the S&P 500 has been down. It’s simply how the market works.

Here, The Wolf is simply having a discussion with a younger investor as he portrays Trey after asking him his age.

You see this sentiment carry over when discussing how his former colleagues lost a lot of money day-trading. This conversation can be looked as personal insight from The Wolf’s experience and possible ‘advice’ to new retail investors.

We get off track a bit

A lot of the interview from here on out is simply a conversation between Jordan and Trey.

The Wolf seems to get off track from the AMC phenomena and starts talking about other investments and fundamentals. The rest of the video from here on out is a rant from Jordan that Trey entertains out of respect.

The video is concluded with The Wolf of Wall Street advising to make as much of money as you can while the times are good, and to play it more conservatively when they’re not.

Conclusion

Trey did an amazing job at respecting Jordan Belfort’s time which is why we didn’t see much deeper conversations regarding manipulation in the market, etc.

I hope you guys enjoyed this breakdown from the video. I too was a little puzzled after watching it the first time. With a lot of uncertainty going on, I figured I’d listen to it a few times over and provide some perspective to provide some form of value to the community.

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What Is a Meme Stock? Here’s a List of 9 From Reddit

What is a meme stock? Here's a list of 9 from Reddit
9 meme stocks straight from Reddit

A meme stock is a stock that has been heavily shorted and has become a heavy buy for retail investors. The goal is to squeeze shorts out of their positions.

Retail investors on Reddit found a loophole to make a lot of money by purchasing heavily shorted stocks. This is why GameStop surged and made the average investor life-changing money.

What are some meme stocks?

Here’s a list of meme stocks we’ve seen floating on Reddit:

  1. GameStop (GME)
  2. AMC (AMC)
  3. Blackberry (BB)
  4. Sundial Growers (SNDL)
  5. Nokia (NOK)
  6. Palantir Technologies (PLTR)
  7. Roblox (RBLX)
  8. Zomedica (ZOM)
  9. Koss (KOSS)

These stocks became popular when GameStop, ticker symbol GME, squeezed. The stock reached close to $500 before descending down to $40 for quite some time.

GME eventually soared back up to $300 and $200. It’s currently trading closer to the $180 range as of April 6th, 2021.

Retail investors over at r/wallstreetbets got together and picked heavily shorted stocks to drive the price action up.

How high can meme stocks go?

Rocket

Short squeezes are often times aggressive. One of the most popular reddit stocks circulating the internet is AMC Entertainment, ticker symbol AMC.

Retail investors and analysts are predicting this stock can skyrocket anywhere from $100 to even $1,000 and beyond.

The reason being is that many shorts have yet to cover their positions. Retail investors holding AMC are not selling until this short squeeze occurs.

Read: How soon will we see an AMC short squeeze?

Which is the best meme stock?

Aside from GameStop having the highest run so far, AMC is the next to have skyrocketing gains.

Not only has Fox Business claimed it has a strong squeeze potential, but AMC is the best choice on this list for a long-term investment.

AMC has had a lot of positive news recently with reopening’s occurring all over the country. AMC Entertainment has potential with or without a short squeeze.

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