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

Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.
Market News Daily: Ex-Citadel employee Patrick McConlogue says the market is rigged.

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.

AMC Stock: The SEC Has Now Violated Threshold Rule

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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Ken Griffin Lobbied His Way Out of “Meme Stock” Scandal

Market News Daily - Ken Griffin Lobbied His Way Out of "Meme Stock" Scandal.
Market News Daily – Ken Griffin Lobbied His Way Out of “Meme Stock” Scandal.

Citadel’s Ken Griffin lobbied his way out of the “meme stock” scandal of 2021 when Citadel and Robinhood colluded just a night prior to the trading halts.

On February 18, 2021, he testified before the House Financial Services Committee about his role in the ‘meme stock’ controversy.

However, Ken Griffin donated money directly to four members of the committee, Republicans French Hill, Andy Barr, Ann Wagner, and Bill Huizenga, per Chicago Business.

The retail community is raising awareness of these actions today when lobbied congressmen still have the power to sweep market injustices under the rug.

Investors on social media say that in other places of the world this is called bribery.

“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,” said ex-Citadel Data Scientist Patrick McConlogue.

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.

Citadel and Robinhood Colluded But There Was No Justice for Investors

Market News Today – Ken Griffin Lobbied His Way Out of “Meme Stock” Scandal.

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services published a press release stating Robinhood and Citadel Securities engaged in ‘blunt’ negotiations before the trading of ‘meme stocks’ occurred.

The press release states that talks regarding lowering PFOF (payment for order flow) rates happened just a night before trading restrictions.

The “GameStopped” report issued by the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services greatly details how the NSCC saved Robinhood from defaulting due to failing to meet collateral obligations.

On January 28th, 2021, Robinhood routed orders to six market makers for equities: Citadel Securities, G1 Execution Services, Morgan Stanley, Two Sigma Securities, Virtu, and Wolverine.

The conversations between Robinhood and Citadel were tense as the two negotiated the price of PFOF rebate rates and price caps for AMC and GameStop.

Furthermore, Robinhood received a massive waiver of its deposit requirement from the DTCC.

And according to the report, without this waiver, Robinhood would have defaulted on its regulatory collateral obligations.

NSCC officials say the waiver was necessary to avoid systemic risk to the market.

The DTCC waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021.

Robinhood is Being Sued in New Lawsuit

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

But there is now a new lawsuit against Robinhood in 2023 which alleges that on January 28, 2021, Robinhood prohibited purchases of the stocks underlying the affected options on its platform and also prohibited purchases of the exercise of the affected options, and only allowed the closing out of such positions.

The lawsuit further alleges that during the period January 29, 2021 through February 4, 2021, Robinhood imposed significant limits on any purchases and continued to prevent the exercise of the affected options on its trading platform.

Consequently, the value of the affected options dropped dramatically and remained suppressed throughout the month, causing investors to suffer big losses, says the press release.

Ken Griffin’s Citadel may have been able to lobby themselves out of the situation, but Robinhood has litigation matters to attend to this year.

This raises questions about how government officials will ever be able to aid retail investors when lobbied congressmen can easily take opposing sides.

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Robinhood Reports AMC at $417 Billion Market Cap

Robinhood is reporting AMC at a $417 billion market cap and more. CEO Adam Aron says they are reviewing sources to check for accuracy.
Market News Daily – Robinhood Reports AMC at $417 Billion Market Cap.

Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD) and other brokerages have been reporting AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) at a $417 billion market cap and even $421 billion market cap.

This puts AMC Entertainment up with Facebook in terms of market cap, per the reportings.

Many shareholders have been sharing screenshots of what CEO Adam Aron believes to be discrepancies from these brokers.

The CEO said on Friday data sources are under review for accuracy after several sources, including MarketWatch, were reporting the company’s equity APE (NYSE:APE) of also having a 93.79 billion market cap.

Both AMC and APE are displaying what shareholders believe to be the true value of the securities.

Few skeptics have written off the data as simply ‘glitches’ from brokers.

AMC CEO Adam Aron has demonstrated displeasure towards these reports.

“Market Watch currently showing 93.79 billion APEs outstanding. Clearly WRONG, wildly so. We are calling them now demanding this get corrected immediately. Also reviewing many other data sources to check for accuracy. So curse-word-here irresponsible that they publish false info,” said the CEO on Twitter.

Adam Aron has previously shown a strong dislike for market manipulation talks, urging investors to focus on AMC’s fundamentals instead.

Some shareholders are rather confused by the CEOs reactions, who alleged people of possibly photoshopping their screenshots.

This has led shareholders to encourage Adam Aron to begin looking into the manipulation of AMC stock.

AMC FINRA and NYSE FTD Update

Earlier in March, Adam Aron announced that the company has contacted both FINRA and the NYSE to look closely at the trading of their stock.

“Many of you, and we, are aware that AMC Entertainment has been on ‘The Threshold List‘ for 3+ weeks, indicating a number of FTDs.

Some of you may be pleased to learn that we have contacted both FINRA and the NYSE asking that they both look closely at the trading of our stock.”

But Adam Aron nor AMC have released a formal document confirming the claims reaching out to the NYSE or FINRA.

This has led some investors to speculate the announcement was aimed at getting shareholders to vote yes for the proposals that have now been passed.

Investors have not heard back on an update from the CEO on what FINRA or the NYSE had to say about the alarming number of FTDs, which are usually a clear sign of naked shorting, per Investopedia and Business Insider.

What we know is that AMC was removed from the NYSE Threshold Securities List shortly after Adam Aron’s announcement — the stock plunged shortly after.

This is contrary to what the SEC rules say is supposed to happen once a security is listed after 13 consecutive days.

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Robinhood Lost $57 Million Shorting COSM Stock

Robinhood Lost $57 Million Shorting COSM Stock
Market News Today: Robinhood lost $57 million shorting COSM stock.

Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD) lost $57 million shorting Cosmos Health Inc. (NASDAQ:COSM) stock due to a ‘processing error’ that caused the company to glitch into shorting the healthcare stock.

“A processing error caused us to sell shares short into the market, and although it was detected quickly, it resulted in a loss of $57 million as we bought back these shares against a rising stock price,” CFO Jason Warnick said.

Robinhood ended up down $57 million in a single day after a glitch let its trading app customers temporarily short a meme stock, according to company executives.

Cosmos Health’s share price tripled on December 16, when a 1-to-25 reverse stock split for the healthcare company went into effect.

But the reverse stock split caused issues in Robinhood’s trading app, allowing users to briefly sell more Cosmos shares than they owned to create a temporary short position, the company said in its fourth-quarter earnings release Thursday.

Executives Forgo $500 Million

Robinhood News Today.
Robinhood News Today.

The loss suffered by Robinhood tops Cosmos’ current total market capitalization, with the healthcare stock valued at $52 million as of Friday.

Robinhood executives will forgo around $500 million in stock-based compensation to help it cut costs.

Retail investors continue to scrutinize the company after it had colluded with Citadel during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy to halt trades.

Investors speculate Cosmos Health (COSM) may have a short squeeze this year, so Robinhood’s short ‘glitch’ doesn’t look too well in retail’s eyes.

HOOD stock is currently up +23% year-to-date.

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