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Will AMC Have a Short Squeeze Soon? All You Need to Know

Will AMC have a short squeeze soon?
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What a storm. What a battle right? AMC keeps on keeping on, and although AMC has been on discount recently, retail investors continue to buy and hold it.

Retail investors are very excited about the data that’s been collected for months now.

Will we see an AMC short squeeze while we continue to ride this bear?

And if so, how soon?

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How soon will we see an AMC short squeeze?

Retail investors all want to know.

Is it this week?

Will it be next week?

Or, are we looking at a longer game here?

Here’s what we know.

Key Highlights

  • AMC closed at $7.43 on November 29th. The stock continues to be heavily shorted. AMC Entertainment is set up for a short squeeze despite its split.
  • Shareholders continue to buy and hold the stock.
  • AMC’s short interest data shows us the stock has the perfect setup for a short squeeze.

Below is a series of documented facts and positive news that all influence AMC’s potential towards a short squeeze.

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Related: These Two Signs Will Tell You a Short Squeeze is Over

AMC stock news and highlights [2021 Archive]

FOX Business reported AMC to have a strong chance of a short squeeze.

Coming from a big news platform it certainly brings the stock sentiment up for most retail investors.

This is the type of news retail investors need to keep an eye out for.

AMC Short Squeeze News Fox Business
Strong chance of a short squeeze – Fox Business AMC

AMC is still currently the most shorted stock in the market.

President and CEO of AMC Entertainment Adam Aron, announced AMC will reopen all 13 AMC theaters in New York City as of March 5th, 2021.

As of today, all AMC movie theaters are now open across the United States with many selling out.

Check out what Adam Aron had to say (via. Investor Relations AMC)

“Since reopening our first theatres with AMC Safe & Clean in August, AMC has welcomed back nearly 10 million moviegoers nationwide without a single reported case of COVID-19 transmission among moviegoers at our theatres. We look forward to welcoming back our New York City guests to the big seats, big sounds and big screens that are only possible at a movie theatre.”

Adam aron, President and CEO of AMC Entertainment

For those who thought AMC was a dead company, think again.

The company is now generating big revenue since it’s reopening.

Melvin Capital closing in June

Melvin Capital AMC Stock
Melvin Capital Hedge Fund – AMC – AMC Stocktwits

This is huge.

Melvin Capital is a hedge fund that has been shorting both AMC and GME stock.

Melvin Capital suffered a 49% loss it’s first quarter of 2021, via. Markets Insider.

Today, the hedge fund is scheduled to close in June of 2022.

Here’s why this matters:

  • Not only are shorts losing money every day but huge hedge funds are bleeding
  • This is a huge win for retail investors
  • Unless shorts close their positions, hedge funds will continue to suffer
  • Interest rates can skyrocket for short sellers enabling them to close their positions
  • An AMC short squeeze might be closer than we think

Here’s what retail investors can do:

  1. Continue to hold your positions, it’s free
  2. Buy the dips to counter any short attacks
  3. Share articles on social platforms that can provide value to the community
  4. Keep a close eye on the stock to not miss the squeeze

I’m going to discuss a little more on the short borrow fee that continues to increase for these hedge funds shorting the stock.

This is going to be a massive component to a short squeeze.

Related: Hedge Fund Melvin Capital Is Shutting Down in June

Positive news for AMC Entertainment (Archive 2021)

Adam Aron gives positive news on AMC Entertainment – Archive 2021
  • AMC Entertainment has raised more than 2.2 billion dollars in cash
  • 90% of AMC theaters in the United States are now open with New York and Los Angeles finally reopening
  • Vaccinations and policies are making movie theaters safe
  • New movie titles are guaranteed to increase sales revenues
  • CEO and President Adam Aron expresses an optimistic future for AMC Entertainment
  • AMC Entertainment has implemented a Safe & Clean program under the advisement from Harvard University’s prestigious School of Public health as well as well as the No. 1 U.S. cleaning brand, The Clorox Company. This means movie goers can now return at ease knowing a proper sanitation program has been put in place.

Hedge fund affiliate partners such as MarketWatch, The Fool, and other finance website have been trying to redirect the public from investing in this stock.

That’s primarily because hedge funds are losing millions by the day.

A short squeeze could even put them out of business.

This is why it’s important for me to spread the positive news surrounding AMC.

I don’t believe in the manipulation of the media and I will continue to update these articles as more great news unfolds.

Is AMC Shorted?

AMC’s current short interest is around 21% (last updated 8/30)

As of 10/21, we’re seeing 0 shares have been made available to borrow, via Stonk-O-Tracker.

AMC’s short shares available will be updated here so be sure to bookmark this page.

AMC Short Shares Available to borrow

While shorts might have the capability to short AMC stock, this is only temporary.

They will run out of borrowed shares and eventually have to cover.

There are finally investigations going around regarding naked shorting.

BREAKING: Anchorage Capital closes after betting against AMC stock

What does this mean for the AMC shareholder?

Expect to see gains after shorts have run out of borrowed shares to use.

Hedge funds and short sellers alike have dug a deeper hole for themselves.

What this means for the AMC shareholder is a squeeze bigger than anything the market has ever seen before.

I am personally doubling down.

Not only is bankruptcy off the table (via. Los Angeles Times), but AMC movie theaters are now about to begin reopening in larger parts of the United States.

Which of course now introduces revenue.

AMC Entertainment Quarter Earnings History (2021)

Below are AMC’s quarter earnings for 2021, the year the ape movement began.

AMC’s quarter earnings for 2022 will be updated here and on another blog post once those have been announced later this year.

AMC Q1 earnings for 2021

AMC announced their Q1 earnings for 2021 on Thursday, May 6th. Things have been looking particularly bullish and optimistic since that point.

For the retail investor this means the upper hand is yours.

AMC Entertainment has raised over $2 billion dollars to hold them off until the year 2022.

If you missed the conference call you can view it here for your viewing pleasure. [ARCHIVE DATA]

Archived – 2021 Q1 Earnings Call – AMC Stock Forecast – AMC Stocktwits

AMC Q1 2021 highlights

  • The AMC community is recognized
  • Q1 earnings are higher than last years 4th quarter
  • Expectations for Q2 – Q4 are much higher
  • Food and beverage sales are up by 45%
  • Sales revenue will continue to rise as new titles are being released

AMC Q2 earnings for 2021

Quarter 2 earnings for AMC were absolutely amazing! I published an entire article on this information you can read all about here.

AMC Q2 2021 highlights

  • Record breaking $2 billion in liquidity
  • Increased revenue / tickets & concession
  • AMC to accept Bitcoin by the end of the year
  • GameStop partnership
  • Enhancing the cinema experience with sports and music performance

You can read Q3 earnings here and Q4 here.

I will be updating 2022 earnings highlights here so be sure to join the newsletter for updates!

I left 2021’s earnings call in this article for record purposes.

You can read 2022’s Q1 highlights here.

When will an AMC short squeeze happen?

When will an AMC short squeeze happen?

It’s really hard to tell.

Even experts can’t identify an exact date and time.

However, the possibility of an AMC short squeeze is certainly possible given that it is still the most shorted stock in the market and the stocks volume continues to rise.

We also now have more data then ever before that indicate a massive short squeeze is almost certain to happen.

Especially now that the SEC has announced some crackdown on shorting.

With Melvin Capital and other hedge funds losing money, it’s only a matter of time before the short borrow fee continues to skyrocket and shorts have to close their positions.

It’s tendie time!

Analyst AMC predictions

With that being said, Trey’s Trades predicts a short squeeze is highly likely. Trey has been a leader in the AMC community.

More data points towards the stock reaching $1000+ per share.

See what stock analyst Trey has to say.

AMC short squeeze – AMC Stock Forecast – AMC Stocktwits

The real questions is, how can retail investors make this AMC short squeeze happen?

We know that short-sellers eventually have to cover their positions. This means that they will eventually have to buy AMC stock at the current share price.

  1. If retail investors continue to drive the share price up by buying the dip and holding their positions, short-sellers will have no other option than to buy from the retail investor at a higher share price.

2. Retail investors will also need to buy the climbs in order to show a demand for the stock. This doesn’t have to be huge buys, rather incremental to validate the current share price.

This play essentially creates a supply and demand scenario between retail investors and short-sellers. The results? A short squeeze.

Hedge funds are doing everything they can to prevent a short squeeze

How are they doing this?

  • By promoting false information online (we’re certain you’ve seen it)
  • Through strategies such as short-ladder attacks in the market
  • And, by restricting certain brokerage accounts from allowing its retail investors to purchase or buy shorted stocks (Robing hood)

This is what retail investors can do to fight corruption:

  • Share content that presents facts (blog posts, analysis videos, etc.)
  • Continue to educate yourself and make investment decisions based on your personal analysis
  • Follow your instincts
Read: How Hedge Funds Manipulate The Stock Market

What will an AMC short squeeze look like?

We’ll begin to see a trend similar to that of GME (Gamestop). AMC will enter a bullish territory before hitting an ‘abnormal’ peak in which AMC would have ‘squoze’.

What will an AMC short squeeze look like?

It seems we’ve already hit the bottom.

AMC continues to be heavily shorted through dark pools and other market manipulation tactics.

This price level can be seen as a buying opportunity for retail investors looking to squeeze shorts out of their positions.

We’re now sitting at $7.43 per share.

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An AMC short squeeze will certainly make headlines.

Expect to see various gains prior to any sort of major peak as well as volatility.

Gamma squeeze vs Short squeeze

Don’t confuse gains and momentum with a short squeeze.

Here’s the difference between a gamma squeeze and a short squeeze:

A gamma squeeze are momentum gains. These usually occur from call options closing in the pocket resulting in heavy buys or purchases in the market.

A short squeeze is vigorous and can spike with no warning.

This is where you see 100% gains in a matter of seconds and minutes.

A short squeeze can even reach 1000% and 10,000% gains.

AMC Short Squeeze Stock Prediction

AMC Stock Forecast – AMC Stocktwits

New retail investors are wondering whether $1k, $10k, or even $100k per share is even possible.

Gabe from ReviewDork does some math that’s going to leave you with an open mind.

AMC stock price predictions range from $1,000 to $100k+.

But I’m curious to know your thoughts on this.

Leave a comment at the end of the blog post.

Will AMC reach peaks like GameStop?

AMC has been fortunate enough to receive more publicity and hype than GME did, at least recently.

The volume will speak for itself, and retail investors will just have to wait to find out.

We’ve seen that abnormal gains are naturally part of a short squeeze.

Volkswagen rose up to nearly $1,000 when it squeezed back in 2008 due to a similar strategy produced by car manufacturer Porsche.

Analysts are predicting AMC can even go above the $1K mark if retail investors and institutions alike continue to buy and hold their positions.

Wouldn’t this be something. If you’re holding 1,000 shares and AMC spikes to $1K per share, you my friend have made 1 million dollars!

I strongly suggest using a reputable broker such as Vanguard or Fidelity oppose to phone apps like Robinhood.

Simply because the broker colluded with market maker Citadel to halt the buying of ‘meme stocks’.

Read: Codes to see if your phone has been hacked

Is it too late to get in on AMC stock?

Absolutely not, at least not yet.

AMC Entertainment is still heavily shorted.

You will have to decide whether its current share price is worth it if trades at $100, $500, or even $1,000+.

AMC Entertainment stock has not even started squeezing yet.

Redditors have touched base on this topic and are determined anything below $100 is a buy.

Where was AMC trading at before the pandemic?

AMC was actually trading between $30-$35 back in the booming party economy of 16′!

AMC stock started to decline as their debt increased and hedge funds began to heavily short it.

Related: Are Institutions Preparing to Close Short Positions in AMC?

What if a short squeeze doesn’t happen?

If an AMC short squeeze doesn’t occur, AMC stock price will still go up allowing shareholders to make at least some sort of profit.

With AMC theaters now open, it’s inevitable that the company will begin to see bigger sales revenue every time a new title is released.

I update this post when new titles make the headlines regarding earnings.

Keep in mind that AMC’s share price during the booming party economy of 16′ was roughly around $30 per share.

If a short squeeze doesn’t happen, fundamentals will continue to bring the stock up as more investors are buying the stock.

However, a short squeeze not happening is very unlikely as AMC is currently the most shorted stock in the market and most held stock, beating both Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA), via. NASDAQ.

Majority of the float is also held by retail investors and short sellers are going to be forced to close their positions very soon, more on that coming up.

As Mark Cuban bluntly put it, keep holding.

Why hasn’t AMC squeezed yet?

why hasn't AMC squeezed yet
AMC Stock Forecast – AMC Squeeze – AMC Stocktwits

AMC hasn’t squeezed yet primarily to two main reasons.

  1. The stock requires volume to drive the stock price action up
  2. Shorts need to close their positions

Volume really just comes to more and more retail investors as well as institutions getting in on AMC stock.

Regarding shorts covering, retail investors need to squeeze them out of their positions by holding their positions and helping increase AMC’s short borrow fee.

You can keep tabs on AMC’s short borrow fee as it changes every day via. Ortex, or Fintel.

AMC short borrow fee

As of 10/21 AMC’s short borrow fee rate is 18.20%.

Read: When do shorts have to cover their position? (AMC)

Aside from this, Wanda Group had caused a little bit of disruption for retail investors by profiting on the first sight of gains.

This turmoil was only short-term but is a reason why we’ve seen some selloff in the market a few weeks ago.

However, Adam Aron has brought awareness in an interview with Trey’s Trades that this selloff from Wanda is simply policy from China.

Retail investors should not be concerned.

Is AMC Ever Going To Squeeze?

All the numbers point towards the right direction for a massive short squeeze.

Shorts and hedge funds continue to lose money every day.

The interest is growing at an alarming rate and AMC’s current utilization is at 100%.

It’s possible the lives of these retail investors are about to completely change.

Related: DTCC B16845-22: Are Margin Calls on The Way?

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 Related: Will AMC Squeeze in 2022? [Short interest data]

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Robinhood Continues to Face Market Manipulation Claims

Robinhood continues to face market manipulation claims
Market News: Robinhood faces scrutiny today for last year’s trading restrictions

U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami dismissed some allegations against the Robinhood last year but is allowing others in a proposed investor class-action lawsuit to move forward. 

Robinhood must face market manipulation claims this year that arose from the ‘meme stock’ frenzy in early 2021.

The broker had allegedly colluded with market maker Citadel and removed the buy button, preventing retail investors from buying stocks such as AMC and GameStop.

US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga said in her ruling Thursday that the case raises “interesting legal questions”.

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Robinhood faces scrutiny more than a year later

U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami said in the ruling that investors in GameStop Corp, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc and seven other stocks can proceed with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the restrictions artificially increased the stocks’ supply.

The lawsuit was one of several cases brought against Robinhood after it temporarily restricted its customers from buying AMC and GameStop as they began to surge in share price.

Citadel, who to this date is short on the ‘meme stocks’, allegedly colluded with Robinhood the night prior to the trading restrictions.

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

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.

All of which are short on AMC and GameStop.

But despite the continued claims to this date, it leaves you wondering.

Is Robinhood a scapegoat?

Could Robinhood simply be taking the blame for everything that occurred last year, allowing market makers to get away with market manipulation?

See, there’s a connection between Judge Cecilia Altonaga and a defendant’s law firm.

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

This creates a major conflict of interest.

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You can learn more about the conflicts of interest surrounding judge Altonaga here.

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Citadel Paid SEC $22.6 Million to Settle Charges of Misleading Conduct

Citadel Paid SEC $22.6 million
Market News: SEC and IEX go after Citadel years after charges of misleading conduct.

In 2017, Citadel paid the SEC $22.6 million to settle charges that it misled customers about the way it priced trades.

The SEC found that between 2007 and 2010, Citadel used two algorithms to execute stock trades on customers’ behalf that gave investors a worse price for their trades, even when Citadel knew better prices existed elsewhere.

The SEC penalized Citadel for failing to disclose the use of those algorithms to clients.

“This affected millions of retail orders,” said Stephanie Avakian, the acting director of enforcement at the SEC at the time.

Citadel neither admitted nor denied the findings.

Today, Citadel has lost the court case against the IEX order type crippling its trading strategy, more on that down below.

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Citadel cheats retail investors

Citadel has been cheating retail investors for years now through a variety of loopholes the SEC has failed to stop.

The market maker is responsible for processing almost 50% of retail orders.

Citadel receives these orders by paying brokers such as Robinhood in what’s known as PFOF, or payment for order flow.

The problem arises when these orders are then traded through foreign exchanges allowing Citadel to pocket the best trading bid, essentially stealing from retail.

They accomplish this through HFT, or high frequency trading.

And because 90%-95% of retail orders are not executed through the lit exchange (NYSE), it gives Citadel’s short positions a massive advantage against retail investors going long.

This means only a small fraction of the demand is truly reflected in a company’s share price.

What is currently being done about the market manipulation?

SEC Citadel

The SEC has publicly discussed the possibility of banning PFOF for good, but the industry has lashed out.

In October of last year Citadel sued the SEC over the new D-Limit order that would protect displayed lit orders from being picked off by latency arbitrage players.

IEX is an exchange that relies heavily on the D-Limit order to outperform displayed order prices on other exchanges.

This means that predatory strategies such as market arbitrage, where high frequency firms profit from lower prices in foreign exchanges, will no longer be able to do so.

High frequency trading has been used against retail investors to not only gain better prices on stock from other ‘slow loading’ exchanges, but by also using this advantage to sell stock significantly cheaper.

So when you find an exchange that is showing lower prices, hedge funds betting against certain tickers may borrow high in another exchanges while benefiting the difference from selling the stock in those displaying lower prices.

The D-Limit order uses AI technology that provides more consistent and accurate data across all exchanges.

How will IEX affect Citadel?

how will IEX affect Citadel

In short, Citadel Securities and other high frequency trading firms will lose a lot of money.

The reason being is they are making money every second from using this high frequency trading technology to their benefit by getting better prices than anyone else in the market.

The IEX Exchange would put Citadel Securities in the same courtyard as retail investors, leveling the playfield.

IEX would create a foundation for a fairer market.

Citadel paid the SEC $22.6 million to settle charges on misleading conduct in 2017, but karma seems to be catching up for the hedge fund and market maker.

On July 29th, 2022, it was announced that Citadel has lost the court case against the IEX order type.

This is massive win for retail investors and a huge blow to the market maker and hedge fund.

But the SEC still has a lot of work ahead, especially if they’re looking to earn the trust of retail investors.

Only time will tell how significant this battle truly is.

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Related: Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Order Type

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Who is The DTCC and What Are Their Legal Duties?

Market News: DTCC
Market News: Who is the DTCC?

Retail investors have pulled up some information on the DTCC regarding the blockage of margin calls.

The Reddit community is calling the organization corrupt.

But what exactly is the DTCC and how do they play an important role in our markets?

In this article I’m going to explain the duties of this corporation in simple terms and also touch topic on questions retail investors might have when it comes to AMC and GameStop.

Let’s get started.

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Who is the DTCC?

who is the DTCC?
Depositary Trust and Clearing Corporation

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.

Conflict of interest

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.

And this is where retail investors begin to question the integrity of the financial market.

One of the DTCC’s bigger partners is Bloomberg LP, a privately held media and software company.

Retail investors are weary about Bloomberg due to having a dark pool where institutions can make unregulated trades.

Bloomberg also happens to be a media platform where Citadel’s Ken Griffin is made to feel at home.

The short seller remains to this date one of the top 10 institutions shorting AMC stock.

Related: Wall Street Journal is Indirectly Owned by Citadel's Ken Griffin

DTCC removing margin calls

There is information going around in the retail community of the DTCC removing margin calls and it’s creating somewhat of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

After digging around for a while, it’s important to note that the DTCC did indeed remove margin calls, but on January 28th of 2021.

This isn’t necessarily occurring right this moment.

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.

Could the DTCC have been playing the middleman to prevent the market from completely collapsing?

Or was this blatant market manipulation?

The organization allowed several naked shares to flood the market but never stepped in to level the playfield for retail investors.

So why step in to minimize institutional losses?

I think it’s safe to say those client fees really make things happen.

The SEC is by law responsible for regulating the DTCC, but the DTCC is a company who caters to a wide range of institutions in the financial market.

And according to the SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, they need whistleblowers to really tackle the issues at hand.

Is the DTCC corrupt?

Most retail investors openly think so.

The corporation is a business that processes orders between buyers and sellers but caters to financial institutions – not retail investors.

The DTCC along with the NSCC are very well aware of the naked shorting issue in our market.

But they’ve failed to put a halt to it.

One can view this negligence as being complicit.

I’m curious to learn what you think.

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Citadel Pushes Back on Possible SEC PFOF Ban

SEC PFOF Ban
Market News: SEC PFOF Ban threatens corrupt institutions

The SEC is addressing the possibility of banning PFOF (payment for order flow).

Citadel and other institutions are speaking out.

Gary Gensler said there may be a conflict of interest for brokers and that too much power is concentrated in a handful of market makers.

The SEC Chairman could be re-routing retail investors into an automated system that would provide a deep pool of liquidity.

If this goes through, it will be historic.

Let’s discuss it.

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SEC Payment For Order Flow ban

SEC PFOF Ban

Gary Gensler will be speaking on Wednesday in regard to best execution for market orders.

The SEC has been under heavy scrutiny by retail investors as the agency has not made any progress to level the playfield.

The government branch that’s supposed to protect retail investors has even gone as far as taunting investors for buying ‘meme stocks’ recently.

But industry participants have quietly been saying that Gensler will likely use a speech at the Piper Sandler Global Exchange Conference on Wednesday to float several proposals.

These may include best execution and payment for order flow according to CNBC.

Last year during the ‘meme stock’ frenzy, Citadel processed retail’s orders through Robinhood.

Citadel paid Robinhood to give them those orders (PFOF).

However, retail investors don’t want their orders going to Citadel since the market maker/hedge fund/dark pool are short on ‘meme stocks’.

90%-95% of retail’s orders are not processed though the lit exchange.

Citadel takes these orders and trades them at a bargain through foreign exchanges.

Although PFOF is an expense to them, they make a lot more money processing the orders.

If the SEC PFOF ban goes through, orders would not be processed by Virtu or Citadel.

Citadel fights back

A spokesperson for Citadel Securities released the following statement to CNBC:

“It is important to recognize that the current market structure has resulted in tighter spreads, greater transparency, and meaningfully reduced costs for retail investors. We look forward to reviewing the proposals and working with the SEC and the industry towards our longstanding objective of further improving competition and transparency.”

“You need to be very deliberate on that approach,” Ken Bentsen, president and CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) said.

“We have been calling for a review of market structure for some time, but let’s be careful not to try to fix things that may not be broken,” he said. “The retail investor is getting a better deal than they ever have.”

Would you pay small trading fee if it meant Citadel and Virtu no longer reroute your orders to benefit their pockets?

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The statement alone that retail is getting a better deal than ever before is such a dishonest thing to spew.

These institutions have been taking retail’s money, using it against them, all while taking no accountability for their actions.

It’s not clear yet whether the SEC PFOF ban will go through or not.

It is certainly something worth discussing though, don’t you think?

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Bear Market Becomes Official: How Long Will It Last?

Bear Market Official
The stock market officially enters a bear market, but how long will it last?

We momentarily entered an official bear market when the S&P 500 fell 20% for the third time.

The stock market rallied today with the SPY and NASDAQ up almost 2%.

Media seems to be in denial, but bear rallies turned into a bear market a while ago, without the official title.

And although today seems to be a green day – the question is, how long will this bear market last for?

Let’s discuss it below.

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Stocks have tumbled all year

Taking a look at the SPY (S&P 500), and we’ll find that the index is down 17% year-to-date.

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The top 500 companies in this index have also been down trending all year.

Tech companies have taken a heavy hit this year.

And the NASDAQ shows it.

The NADAQ is down more than 27% this year-to-date.

Netflix (NFLX) is down almost 69%, Tesla (TSLA) is down 44%, and Apple (AAPL) stock 22%.

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Hedge funds deeply invested in tech companies have suffered big losses this year already.

The Tiger Cubs are a group of hedge fund managers who are currently treading in dangerous waters.

These asset managers are ditching many positions creating massive selloffs, according to SEC filings.

Stocks rebounded today – how long will these bear rallies last?

The stock market bounces back

The stock market has momentarily bounced back staying clear from bear market territory.

SPY stock seems to be making its way back to the $400 per share level.

I’ve mentioned in previous articles and videos that the SPY seems to be respecting the $400 per share level relatively well.

Although stocks officially entered bear market territory, it’s very possible the SPY and market in general are bottoming out.

Stocks have seen all-time lows during these bear rallies but have since come up from these surprising lows.

Robinhood (HOOD) hit a low around $8 and change, now it’s trading above $10 again.

AMC Entertainment reached $9 and change, went back up to $13, and is currently trading close to $12.

GME stock on the other hand seems to have a hard time getting below $90.

The stock rose to $100 per share last week and is currently trading at $96 per share after it announced the launch of its new crypto and NFT wallet.

Related: These Two Signs Will Tell You a Short Squeeze is Over

Honestly, it’s a 50/50

I stated in a recent video that because we have seen mainly bear rallies all year long, it’s possible the SPY breaks downwards below $400 per share and we continue to see this downtrend.

Well, that happened last week, and we were officially, but momentarily, in a bear market.

Today we saw a small bounce back staying clear from that title.

But it’s still unclear whether the market has bottomed out yet or if there’s still room for stocks to fall.

Have the markets cooled off?

Is the market ready for a reversal?

What do you think?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section of the blog below.

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Goldman Sachs’ Dark Pools Are Under Federal Investigation

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BREAKING: Goldman Sachs dark pool is under investigation

Goldman Sach’s dark pools are under investigation according to an SEC report.

The SEC published a report highlighting what essentially seems to be a deep audit.

This is not the first time Goldman Sachs has been fined or investigated for abusing its power.

Dark pools played a massive part in the recession of 2008, but dark pools were never banned.

Will something finally be done about it this time around?

In this article I’m going to break down everything they’re looking into, starting with Goldman Sachs’ dark pools.

Let’s break it down together.

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Feds crack down on Goldman Sachs dark pools

The fed is looking into various matters relating to Goldman Sachs’ businesses and operations.

One of which stands out to retail investors as being its dark pools.

The fed is investigating the supervision and controls relating to Goldman’s high frequency trading (HFTs) and its alternative trading systems (ATSs), also known as dark pools.

Dark Pools (also benignly called Alternative Trading Systems or ATS) are effectively unregulated stock exchanges being run by the same megabanks on Wall Street that blew up the U.S. financial system in 2008 and received the largest taxpayer bailout in U.S. history. – Wall Street On Parade.

The name of Goldman Sachs’ Dark Pool that trades in the U.S. is called Sigma X2.

It used to be called simply Sigma X.

According to a publicly-available document, Sigma X is now used by Goldman Sachs to designate the Dark Pools it operates in foreign jurisdictions, which include Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.

Dark pools are the gateway that allow financial institutions to manipulate the stock market without any regulation.

Now the fed is cracking down on Goldman Sachs and it comes as no surprise since the bank has been criminally charged on many occasions before.

In October of 2020, Goldman Sachs admitted to the charges of a bribery scandal where they were fined $2.9 billion.

Other operations being looked into

The fed is looking into the institution’s advisory services and conflicts of interest.

They are also tackling the following:

  • Research practices, including research independence and interactions between research analysts and other firm personnel, including investment banking personnel, as well as third parties.
  • Transactions involving government-related financings and other matters.
  • The offering, auction, sales, trading and clearance of corporate and government securities, currencies, commodities and other financial products and related sales and other communications and activities.
  • As well as the firm’s supervision and controls relating to such activities, including compliance with applicable short sale rules, algorithmic, high-frequency and quantitative trading, the firm’s U.S. alternative trading system (dark pool), futures trading, options trading.
  • And finally, insider trading.

The SEC said in past years they were tackling dark pools but failed to competently execute the plan.

The issue was brought to the light by the ‘meme stock’ crowd who also exposed naked short selling and received attention by mainstream media.

Dark pools have been able to suppress stock prices across the market from reaching full demand potential.

Gary Gensler said 90%-95% of retails orders do not get processed through the lit exchange (NYSE) but rather through these dark pools.

Goldman Sachs and others have essentially stolen from retail investors as only 5%-10% of retails money actually creates demand for a stock.

For every dollar retail puts in the market, only this small percentage is reflected on a security.

That’s what happens when financial institutions like Goldman Sachs redirects orders through its dark pools.

This is a developing story.

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Hedge Fund Co-Founder Sentenced to Prison Avoids Jail Time

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Corruption: Hedge fund avoids jail time – pleads guilty of fraud

(Bloomberg) The co-founder of Premium Point Investments and a former trader pleaded guilty to charges they overstated asset values at the now-defunct hedge fund, but they won’t serve any time behind bars.

Anilesh Ahuja, the fund’s co-founder, and trader Jeremy Shor were found guilty of conspiring to overvalue the hedge fund’s assets by more than $100 million and sentenced to prison in 2019.

However, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla in Manhattan overturned their convictions in December due to errors and misleading statements by prosecutors.

The pair had faced a new trial but reached a deal with the government allowing them to plead guilty to a single securities fraud count.

Under the deal, which was approved by Failla in a hearing on Friday, the two men won’t serve any prison time, pay a fine or serve probation.

Let’s talk about it.

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Hedge Fund gets away with prison time and fees

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Before their convictions were overturned, Ahuja was sentenced to more than four years in prison and Shor, almost 3.5.

But their surrender dates were delayed, initially due to the Covid pandemic and later because the judge was considering throwing out the verdict.

As a result, neither man served any part of his sentence.

“We are pleased that Mr. Ahuja can finally put this ordeal behind him without having to spend a day in jail,” his lawyers, Richard Tarlowe and Roberto Finzi, said in a statement.

“After years of litigation, we are pleased to put this matter behind us with no additional punishment beyond the punishment already inflicted by the process,” Shor’s lawyer, Justin Weddle, said in an email.

Federal prosecutor Daniel Gitner defended the deal before the judge on Friday, saying Ahuja and Shor had already made “substantial restitution” to investors. 

“Today’s guilty pleas to securities fraud bring to a close the defendants’ scheme to mismark their funds’ books,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

“This office stands by this prosecution, and is pleased that this matter has resolved with the defendants’ acceptance of responsibility.”

“Unacceptable errors”

Hedge fund avoids jail time after being sentences to prison – hedge fund pledges guilty

“I tried my hardest to conduct a fair trial,” Failla said in overturning the verdict.

“I no longer have confidence in the fairness of the trial.”

She declined to dismiss the charges against Ahuja and Shor though, saying that the errors made by the government — while “unacceptable” — were not severe enough to warrant throwing out the case.

Ahuja was a senior mortgage bond trader at Lehman Brothers, RBS Greenwich Capital and Deutsche Bank AG for four years before co-founding Premium Point in 2008.

The firm initially focused on the U.S. residential loan market and began amassing bonds backed by distressed assets in the wake of the global financial crisis.

It later expanded into the jumbo loan and home rental businesses and managed about $2 billion of assets at its peak.

Premium Point began winding down in late 2016 after posting large losses.

The fund revealed the following year that federal securities regulators were examining the way it valued its assets.

Its mortgage credit funds filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2018, and Ahuja, Majidi and Shor were charged two months later.

Former Chief Risk Officer Ashish Dole also pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution at the trial.

The case is U.S. v. Ahuja, 18-cr-00328, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan), via Bloomberg.

Should hedge funds be allowed to get away with fraud?

It’s curious how these hedge fund co-founders were sentenced to prison but managed to get away with jail time.

What does this tell us about our system?

Why do you think this happened?

Was the government paid out?

I’m interested to know what you think; leave a comment below.

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DTCC Makes Plans to Implement T+1 in 2024

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The DTCC just announced they play to implement T+1 in the year 2024.

On February 9 the DTCC held a meeting to change the trading cycle from T+2 to T+1.

But is this change too far out?

I’m going to break down the benefits of T+1 as well as what the DTCC has to say regarding the lengthy time.

Also, what T+1 would mean for AMC and GME shareholders.

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What is T+1?

T+1, T+2, and T+3 refer to the number of days it takes for a security to settle after it has been traded.

T+1 means that if a transaction occurs on a Monday, settlement must occur by Tuesday.

Likewise, T+3 means that a transaction occurring on a Monday must be settled by Thursday.

We are currently on T+2 and have been since 2017.

So, what is T+0?

T+0 is a shortened settlement cycle where trades are settled the same day of transaction.

The DTCC recently argued that T+0 is rather complicated to achieve at the moment and is nearly impossible today due to how many orders flood the market daily.

They commented that as T+1 is implemented, they will monitor its progress to see how they may accommodate to T+0 at some point in the future.

When will T+1 happen?

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The DTCC and SEC have established that T+1 will occur during the first or second quarter of 2024.

The DTCC is in favor of making this change in the first quarter of 2024 while the SEC feels like they will need more time and would like T+1 to go into effect during the second quarter.

T+1 is certainly a step forward; however, retail investors feel like this settlement day should be implemented sooner.

The DTCC and SEC agree that the process to implement this settlement day will require time.

Regulators have acknowledged that systemic risks may surface due to delayed settlement days, such as our current T+2.

Let’s talk about the risks of delays settlement trades.

Risks of T+2

Momentum stocks, also known as ‘meme’ stocks, proved last year when just how risky delayed settlement trades were when Robinhood ran out of liquidity to meet customer demands.

Robinhood is notoriously known for restricting retail investors from purchasing AMC, GameStop, and other ‘meme stocks’ due to liquidity issues.

The problem began due to delayed settlement trades.

So many orders were being processed and registered that by the time they were settled, liquidity had run dry forcing Robinhood to halt trading of these specific stocks.

The only problem here is that market makers are responsible for providing liquidity to broker firms such as Robinhood.

Robinhood makes money by sending retail orders to one of the biggest market makers in the world, Citadel.

Citadel at the time was losing billions from betting on AMC and GameStop.

This is where the Citadel and Robinhood scandal started, the day a losing market maker colluded with the broker to halt trading in order to prevent further losses.

Could T+2 be used as a copout for what occurred last year during the halts?

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of the article.

How would T+1 affect AMC and GameStop?

T+1 would not only affect AMC and GameStop, but it would ensure every stock in the market is settled one day after the purchase.

It would eliminate room for market makers to create naked shares during the settlement delay.

According to the SEC, in a “naked” short sale, the seller does not borrow or arrange to borrow the securities in time to make delivery to the buyer within the standard two-day settlement period

T+3 was removed years after the 08 crisis.

Now T+2 is scheduled to be removed three years after the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.

The change retail has been wanting to see is going to happen, but it’s going to take time.

As settlement trades get shortened, we can expect to see less risk in the market and less market manipulation.

Of course, there are still many predatorial strategies in the market that must be addressed.

Some of which include dark pool trading, off exchange trading, and short and distort campaigns where short sellers and media collude to drive the price of a stock down.

Related: How do hedge funds manipulate the stock market

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Official: You Can Now Trade Shiba Inu Coin on Robinhood

Robinhood Lists Shiba Inu Coin
Shiba Inu Coin is now on Robinhood

Robinhood has officially listed Shiba Inu Coin on its crypto trading platform.

The SHIB army has been waiting for Robinhood to list Shiba Inu Coin for months now.

Shiba Inu Coin was one of four new cryptocurrencies Robinhood listed on its platform Tuesday.

SHIB, Solana, Polygon, and COMP joined the meme stock halter’s platform on Tuesday.

What does this mean for Shiba Inu Coin moving forward?

Let’s break it down together.

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SHIB rises on Robinhood listing

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SHIB rose nearly 7% when it became available on Robinhood’s crypto trading platform.

Shiba Inu Coin is the second ‘meme’ coin to be listed on Robinhood, Dogecoin being the first.

COMP jumped 6.6%, MATIC 3.5%, and SOL 2%.

SHIB became popular when the cryptocurrency skyrocketed back in late October of 2021.

The cryptocurrency is up more than +20,000% for those who bought SHIB exactly one year from today.

Shiba Inu Coin ate a zero on its second biggest climb last year and never looked back.

The SHIB army anticipates Shiba Inu Coin will eat another zero or two this year.

Now that you can trade Shiba Inu Coin on Robinhood, cryptocurrency investors speculate more traders will buy SHIB on the platform.

What caused SHIB to run last year and will it run again?

Big buying pressure and a lot of momentum.

Unlike the stock market, the crypto market runs actually caters more to a supply and demand market.

Now that SHIB has become mainstream in a sense, more traders are going to begin to discover it.

While SHIB doesn’t have any real-world value, the developers are working on multiple projects for the community.

One being Shiba Inu Games and several NFT projects.

Will SHIB run again this year?

There’s no doubt Shiba Inu Coin will continue to eat zeros as retail piles in before the ‘meme’ token reaches $0.01.

SHIB is currently trading at $0.000027 and is up 9.98% on the weekly chart.

Can SHIB reach $1 per token?

Shiba Inu Coin News Today Robinhood – Can SHIB reach $1?

In order for SHIB to reach $1 per token its market cap would need to be in the trillions.

Having this come to fruition would be quite difficult.

However, because this cryptocurrency is still relatively new, investors have a chance at becoming profitable in the long-term as the market cap increases and new traders buy in.

Many of my readers were able to profit from the run back in October when I sent out a newsletter advising the token was looking very bullish.

If you’re on my Patreon, you saw I purchased the cryptocurrency a few days before it skyrocketed.

SHIB has been consolidating extremely well in the 20s which mean it’s found a new foundation.

If you missed the first and second run, this could prove to be a great entry point.

We’ve also seen that SHIB’s typical holding time has drastically increased to 112 days meaning investors are holding this cryptocurrency.

And it’s not difficult to see why.

The room for growth is massive.

Are you holding more than 1 million SHIB?

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If you’re holding more than 1 million SHIB leave a comment below.

What is your personal Shiba Inu Coin price target and where would $0.01 put you at?

If you’re not a fan of Robinhood but would like to purchase SHIB, I recommend buying the token on Coinbase.

How long have you been holding SHIB?

Let’s start a discussion below.

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