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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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Market News: NSCC-2022-003 Approved

NSCC-2022-003
Stock Market News: NSCC-2022-003 has been approved

NSCC-2022-003 has been APPROVED.

The filing replaced NSCC-2021-010 which was withdrawn on March 25th of 2022.

The rule aims at providing a more stable environment for market participants and I’m going to break it all down below.

Let’s get started.

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NSCC-2022-003 SFT clearing service

NSCC-2022-003 would implement the SFT clearing service (securities financing transactions).

This means the NSCC would act as a third party to clear FTDs (failure-to-delivers) from various institutions.

The NSCC would also collect margin from both the lender and borrower to mitigate any risk.

Here the NSCC essentially acts as a referee, preventing overleveraging, naked shorting, and FTDs in the market.

Predatorial short selling strategies could potentially be eliminated due to this filter.

The NSCC believes it can reduce market disruption from fire sales by liquidating positions in small batches.

I’ve stated in recent articles and on my channel that a squeeze in AMC and GameStop will likely occur in sequences.

A ‘controlled squeeze’ so to speak to avoid systemic risk in the market.

It’s very possible NSCC-2022-003 was created to unwind this mess in a manner that would prevent the stock market from collapsing.

Does the rule help hedge funds?

Yes, but it also helps retail investors.

While NSCC-2022-003 provides a safety net for overleveraged institutions, it will also create more balance in the market for retail investors.

The NSCC is requiring all SFT members to provide a $250,000 margin minimum amount.

And with DTCC B16845 already raising margin requirements, I think it’s fair to say hedge funds are being put on a leash.

Investors have been asking me, what happens if a hedge fund defaults?

Will they be held accountable for their short positions?

Assuming a hedge fund becomes an SFT member, under NSCC-2022-003, the NSCC would take all responsibility and be obligated to meet all settlements.

Although the proposal requires a $250,000 margin minimum, the NSCC is requiring members to hold sufficient liquidity to cover the largest settlement obligation.

In other words, every short position will be obligated to get closed.

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Former Branch Chief Disappointed by SEC Meme Stock Video

SEC Meme Stock Video
Market News: The SEC attacks retail investors with propaganda

The SEC meme stock video is circulating all over social media due to its surprisingly and unprofessional attack on retail investors.

The agency was created in the 30s after the Great Crash to prevent fraud and protect retail investors from predatorial practices conducted by Wall Street.

But something happened along the way – the branch has proved to take a stance with congress in tailoring policies for financial institutions.

Who is going to protect retail investors from the corrupt?

Former SEC Branch Chief expresses her thoughts on the propaganda published by the SEC.

Let’s discuss it.

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SEC publishes meme stock video

If you haven’t watched the SEC meme stock video, it’s embedded below.

SEC Meme Stock Video

The SEC published the video on their official YouTube channel where they restricted public commenting.

Former SEC Branch Chief Lisa Braganca said she was “very disappointed to see the SEC disparage investors in meme stocks as if they must have done it thoughtlessly – especially when the SEC permits most trading to take place in dark pools.”

She then tweeted, “how about a video on dark pools Gary Gensler?”

Lisa Braganca is an activist who fights for market transparency.

She’s talked on Matt Kohrs’ channel before and has done an AMA on Reddit’s r/Superstonk answering questions about self-regulatory regulations, SEC regulation, and SEC enforcement.

Gary Gensler admitted in a Bloomberg exclusive 90%-95% of retail orders don’t go through the lit exchange but failed to mention a solution to the problem.

In an interview with Jon Stewart, the SEC Chairman fails to deliver a quality and productive discussion on solving the problems in the market.

Jon Stewart described Gary Gensler as a sheriff in town that allows blatant corruption to occur.

For Gary, it’s clear it’s more about keeping the job rather than creating a legacy.

Activism matters

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The SEC’s meme stock video might try to portray retail investors as young and clueless novice investors.

But that’s far from who the retail community is.

Retail investors outsmarted hedge funds, exposed the corruption in the SEC, mainstream media, and are now attacking with this propaganda.

It’s a sign of weakness.

The retail community is made up of a very diversified group of people all fighting for the same cause.

And this is a threat to corporate media and powerful institutions.

Republicans and democrats getting together to fight for market transparency, what!?

But this isn’t just about the left and right getting together to combat corruption, it’s a global movement – and opps (opposers) don’t like this.

Trey made a great point when he stated why doesn’t the SEC tackle the problems that created meme stocks in the first place:

  • PFOF
  • Off exchange trading
  • Prime brokers
  • Arbitrage
  • Naked shorting
  • Derivative leverage
  • Etc.

Activism matters.

Retail investors must continue to raise awareness of these issues despite the propaganda.

What are your thoughts?

The SEC has ignored retail’s cry for help, and now they’ve made fun of the community with this meme stock video.

Did this unprofessionalism in our government surprise you?

I’d love to learn what you think.

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SEC Charges TradeZero America for Halting ‘Meme Stocks’

SEC Charges TradeZero America
Market manipulation: SEC charges firm for deceiving customers in ‘meme stock’ halt.

BREAKING: The SEC is charging TradeZero America and co-founder with deceiving customers about ‘meme stock’ trading halts.

“The Securities Exchange Commission today charged broker-dealer TradeZero America Inc., and its co-founder Daniel Pipitone, with falsely stating to the firm’s customers that they didn’t restrict the customers’ purchases of meme stocks when in fact they did.”

The SEC does not mention in the press release which three ‘meme stocks’ customers were not allowed to buy.

I’ll link the official source below.

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TradeZero America deceives customers about meme stock halting

TradeZero America Meme stocks

In late January of 2021, many broker firms halted the purchase of ‘meme stocks’.

You might have heard of the Citadel and Robinhood scandal, where the two colluded to remove the ‘buy button’.

While the scandal became headlines, the transcripts available weren’t enough to charge the institutions.

The SEC released a press release today stating that TradeZero America is being charged for deceiving its customers.

The firm told its customers they did not halt the purchase of meme stocks when in fact they did.

After the halt, TradeZero and Pipitone made misleading public statements via interviews, social media, and in a press release in an effort to distinguish their company from brokers that restricted trading during that period. 

In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” Pipitone said, “That some trading firms are blocking these symbols is disgusting, unprecedented… Our clearing firm tried to make us block you and we refused.”

Side note: THIS STATEMENT is disgusting.

TradeZero America received a $100,000 penalty, and co-founder Pipitone received a $25,000 penalty.

Although the SEC did not mention which ‘meme stocks’ were prohibited from being purchased, GameStop and AMC have been the two biggest ‘meme stocks’.

I assume the third was Bed Bath & Beyond.

Source: SEC Press Release

Where are ‘meme stocks’ headed in 2022?

Meme stocks

AMC and GameStop continue to be heavily shorted.

While both companies have survived the pandemic and have shown a dramatic fundamental improvement, short sellers have not left.

Both these stocks have an extremely high short interest and shares on loan.

More and more retail investors are piling in these two stocks for a short squeeze play that was merely suppressed last year.

Trading was halted in both AMC and GameStop in late March of 2022.

AMC rose to $34 per share while GME stock rose to $199 per share.

This form of market manipulation continues today.

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

DTCC B16845-22
DTCC B16845-22 | Market News

On April 29, the DTCC released B16845-22 under the ‘settlement’ category.

The subject reads: changes to DTC collateral haircuts.

The notice is directed to all market participants and I’m going to touch topic on what this means down below.

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DTCC B16845-22 margin calls

DTCC B16845-22 says that affected participants may be margin called if they have reduced their collateral.

The reason being is that equities with reduced collateral value may significantly drop in price.

Stock prices over $10 will see an increase in margin requirements by 25%.

For prices between $7.50-$9.99 per share, margin requirements will increase by 30%.

There will be a 50% margin increase on stock prices between $5.00-$7.49, and a 100% increase on stocks with prices below $5 per share.

So, will DTCC B16845-22 affect AMC stock or GME stock?

Yes, since AMC is trading around $15 per share and GameStop is trading above $114.

Both these stocks will raise margin requirements by 25%, making it less accessible for short sellers to short the stocks.

However, as long as short sellers are able to meet margin demands, the heavy shorting will continue.

Why was this rule implemented?

The stock market has been facing massive selloffs as well as heavy short selling.

It’s possible DTCC B16845-22 was implemented as a way to cool off short selling, allowing the markets to catch a breather.

Some of the top CEOs in America have stated that they don’t expect this bear market to last long.

I don’t think anyone wants to see the U.S. go into another recession very soon.

While short sellers might have been able to profit from this market’s downside, I think we’re going to see more upside very soon.

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SEC News: New Proposals Threaten MOASS and Market Justice

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SEC News – NSCC 2022 003 – NSCC 2022 801

Today I’m going to touch topic on some SEC news.

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The SEC recently released two new rules that essentially go hand-in-hand with one another.

They are NSCC-2022-003 and NSCC-2022-801.

I’ll be breaking these down in simple terms below.

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NSCC-2022-003 and NSCC-2022-801

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NSCC-2022-003 and NSCC-2022-801 essentially have to do with allocating securities into other pockets of leverage through the use of SFTs.

I’ve seen a few mixed thoughts on this SEC news on Twitter and on Reddit.

However, I’m going to break it down in the simplest form possible, so you have a better understanding of what these new SEC proposals are stating.

If you have any comments, thoughts, or opinions you’d like to make public to the community, be sure to leave a comment below at the end of the article.

What is an SFT?

An SFT is basically a leverage tool that will allow parties to simultaneously exchange the same securities between one another, in exchange for collateral.

For example, the purpose of NSCC-2022-801 is to establish new ‘membership categories’ and requirements for ‘sponsoring members’ and sponsored members where they can access this leverage tool.

It’s a safety net for institutions with overleveraged positions to hold owed securities, but ensures sales are delivered in the market, preventing FTDs and naked shorting.

SFTs involve the owner of securities transferring those securities temporarily to a borrower, typically a hedge fund.

The middleman in this scenario tends to be either a bank or a financial firm.

In return for the lent securities, the borrower of those securities transfers collateral to a party with an interest rate attached to that collateral.

SFTs in a nutshell are meant to provide liquidity to markets to make delivery on short-sales, and avoid FTDs, naked shorts, and similar situations, according to the report.

Will these rules benefit retail investors or hedge funds?

SFTs can also be seen as a program that will allow the NSCC to liquidate a defaulter’s net position in an orderly way to prevent massive market disruption.

NSCC-2022-003 limits the positions that need to be liquidated to reduce the volume of required sales activity in the market.

What regulators have essentially created is a ‘legal’ backdoor for overleveraged hedge funds to launder illegal naked short sells and FTDs.

NSCC-2022-003 and NSCC-2022-801 are essentially the same proposals only with slight updates.

Keep in mind these are only proposals.

So, while these new rules could be beneficial to retail investors as far as eliminating naked short selling in the future, it washes away the damage already created by overleveraged hedge funds today.

I strongly believe short sellers should be held accountable to closing their overleveraged positions first.

If the SEC wants to protect the integrity of the market and prevent massive disruption worldwide, they will hold short sellers accountable, relieving all pressure imposed on heavily shorted stock.

Failure to do so will mark the event as the greatest financial theft in stock market history.

We are on the brink of massive change.

History is being written; one of two decisions will be made, and the outcome will last forever.

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Former SEC Chairman Says “Musk Has Done Serious Damage to the Market”

Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt
Market News: Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt takes Jab at Elon Musk

(Bloomberg) Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, says Elon Musk has done serious damage to the market.

When asked what he would do if he were chairman again, his response will alarm you.

It seems the SEC has deep roots of going after those who expose their shortcomings.

Elon Musk has openly talked about how the SEC fails to protect retail investors and now he’s a target.

Let’s get more into what the former SEC Chairman had to say.

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The SEC is uncomprehending of the real issues at hand

When former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt was asked what he would do today, he responds by saying he would investigate the motive behind Elon Musk wanting to buy Twitter.

Regulators to Elon: Why do you want Twitter?

Elon Musk: For free speech.

Regulators: Right, we got that, but why?

There are a number of things the SEC could be focusing on but continue to neglect retail’s concerns.

Harvey Pitt said Elon Musk is using influencer marketing to move the masses which could be dangerous.

Necessary commentary here: I rather someone with Elon’s influence to move the masses if it means exposing the shortcomings of our incompetent regulators.

The people have already been speaking out about the SEC for years, now they just need a scapegoat do ‘de-escalate’ the sentiment.

But the truth is we need more influencers to speak out on market injustices and corruption in our government.

Elon Musk has not created any damage to the market, our incompetent leaders have.

The SEC has no public support

Here’s a red flag, the SEC has absolutely no public support.

Numerous polls on Twitter have been conducted by retail investors where more than 90% of people say they do not trust the SEC.

Investors believe the SEC has been compromised and no longer serve the people, but rather serve the financial institutions in a pay-to-play system where accountability for systemic risk is pardoned with a fine.

Unfortunately, parties on the same side will attack Elon Musk’s reputation to shut down public perception.

Former SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt fails to realize we no longer live in a world where the people sit in silence.

Social media has given communities platforms to raise awareness of injustices in the world.

The reason why regulators and affiliates have a problem with Elon Musk buying Twitter is because they don’t want the people to have that power.

We can say the same for crypto.

Crypto hedge funds are emerging as laws are being written for cryptocurrency.

Crypto is a true representation of supply and demand, unlike the stock market which is tailored specifically for financial institutions.

The SEC caters to hedge funds and market makers, not the people.

Should the president or the people elect the SEC?

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The president elects the SEC Chairman and commissioners.

Which means it would be quite difficult to remove these people from power.

Is this right though?

Should it be difficult to remove government officials from power?

That doesn’t sound American to me.

The people should be allowed to vote these people into power.

Jon Stewart for SEC Chairman, anyone?

Our government is getting more powerful and greedier.

We need people such as Elon Musk to raise awareness of the corruption in the markets.

It’s time the people take their power back and start holding regulators accountable.

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BREAKING: Citadel Under Investigation by Department of Justice

DOJ is investigating Citadel
The DOJ is investigating Citadel for market manipulation

Bloomberg just confirmed Citadel is one of the hedge funds under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Regulators are taking Morgan Stanely and several other hedge funds to court after several subpoenas were sent out earlier this year.

Bloomberg’s report confirms Citadel is one of the hedge funds on the list who the DOJ is seeking information from.

Keep reading to watch the Bloomberg clip below.

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Bloomberg: Citadel under investigation by DOJ

Citadel under investigation by DOJ Bloomberg

Citadel has been one of the hedge funds/market makers who has been attacking AMC Entertainment stock.

Predatorial short selling strategies were exposed by the AMC and GME stock communities after the ‘meme stock’ frenzy fiasco early last year.

Both these stocks’ share prices have been suppressed by dark pool trading, naked short selling, spoofing, and through OTC trading.

The hedge fund is now being investigated after subpoenas were sent to numerous hedge funds and banks who might be connected.

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are two of the banks that are being ordered to court.

Among Citadel is a hedge fund by the name of Element according to the Bloomberg report.

Other Citadel news

Citadel News

Citadel received a $1.2 billion lifeline from partners Sequoia and Paradigm early this year, the first time the company receives private funding.

The hedge fund is estimated to have lost several billions of dollars last year shorting AMC and GameStop.

Deputy Global Treasurer Michael Kurlander also resigned last year after 4 years with Citadel.

He left in June of 2021, right when ‘meme stocks’ were at their peak.

The hedge fund announced late last year to its customers they would be imposed heavy fees if they withdrew their investments.

The company also said getting back in would be nearly impossible.

After a year of shorting so called ‘meme stocks’, the community discovered Ken Griffin owns company shares of News Corp., a corporation that owns Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, and a number of other platforms that have been attacking AMC and GameStop.

These mainstream platforms have lost a lot of trust from retail investors due to major conflict of interest.

Other recent probes by the Justice Department

Muddy Waters Hedge Fund Probe
Muddy Waters Hedge Fund Probe – DOJ Investigates Citadel

Muddy Waters was recently probed for flooding the market with fake orders.

Many retail investors doubted the SEC or DOJ would take action, but it seems actions spoke louder than words this time.

Still, only time will tell where these investigations go.

What do you want to see come out of this investigation?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the matter.

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SEC Awards $14M To a Whistleblower Who Exposed Fraud

SEC Whistleblower
SEC Whistleblower Program – SEC Awards $14 million to whistleblower

The SEC awarded $14 million to a whistleblower who exposed ongoing market fraud.

The whistleblower, who days later shared the same information with the SEC prompted the opening of an investigation which resulted in the return of millions of dollars to harmed investors, according to the SEC report.

The news comes after Gary Gensler had advised in an interview with Jon Stewart that the SEC needs whistleblowers to come out for enforcement to actually occur.

Let’s discuss it more below.

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“Whistleblowers can play a critical role in an investigation”

Creola Kelly SEC Whistleblower Program

Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Creola Kelly said whistleblowers can play a critical role in an investigation.

She says cases like this demonstrates the importance of whistleblowers reporting directly to the SEC so that the agency can promptly investigate allegations of wrongdoing.

The SEC has awarded approximately $1.2 billion to 249 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012, according to the report.

Payments are made out of an investor protection fund established by Congress.

The money comes from the pocket of the violators paid to the SEC.

The SEC says whistleblowers may be eligible for an award when they voluntarily provide the SEC with original, timely, and credible information that leads to a successful enforcement action.

How much money do whistleblowers get paid?

Whistle blower awards can range from 10% to 20% of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million.

Who are these whistleblowers?

The SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that could reveal a whistleblower’s identity based on the Dodd-Frank Act.

The SEC did not provide further details about the investigation.

The market needs a whistleblower boom to start moving the market in the right direction for the next generation.

For decades now, Wall Street has been stealing from retail investors through predatorial short selling activities.

Heavily shorted stocks with no probability of bankruptcy continue to be targets for hedge funds with overleveraged short positions.

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New SEC Rules Could Lift Suppression on ‘Meme Stocks’

New SEC rules could lift suppression on meme stocks
Gary Gensler – New SEC rules 2022 – Meme Stocks could surge

There are new SEC rules coming into play that could very well lift suppression imposed on so called ‘meme stocks’.

The SEC just released a report outlining the variety of ways they intend on protecting retail investors from market manipulation.

Heavily shorted stocks such as AMC and GameStop will skyrocket if these SEC rules are enforced.

And I’m going to break down why in this article below.

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Welcome to Franknez.com – the SEC is proposing new rules that call for short seller transparency. In their report, they acknowledge what retail investors have been saying and have now come up with a plan.

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New SEC rules propose market transparency

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Market News: New SEC Rules propose market transparency | SEC on short sellers | SEC on hedge funds – Meme Stocks

The SEC is proposing a new rule designed to provide greater transparency through the publication of short sale related data.

Short sellers will be required to submit a report on a monthly basis specifying their short positions and short activity data under the 13f-2 rule.

This proposal is significant because it’s going to provide regulators with insight on every short seller trade.

With this proposal in play hedge funds will have no other option than to report overleveraged positions, or refrain from imposing predatorial strategies.

Because short sell activity will be monitored, hedge funds are stuck playing fair.

The SEC has acknowledged that short selling has been used to manipulate the market to drive share prices down.

They also confirm retail investors have been targets of “short and distort”.

Short and distort is a strategy used to drive a stock’s share price down using publicity campaigns and then capitalizing from the drop.

Elon Musk: Hedge funds tank stocks using “short & distort”

Regulators acknowledge market manipulation in report

The SEC said in their report, “while short selling can serve useful market purposes, it also may be used to drive down the price of a security, to accelerate a declining market in a security, or to manipulate stock prices.”

This statement alone is very significant for many reasons.

  1. The SEC doesn’t need to be convinced of market manipulation anymore, they’ve acknowledged it.
  2. They understand exactly what’s happening in the markets and how it’s affecting retail investors.

Now it’s just a matter of finding solutions to lift the suppression being imposed on heavily shorted stocks such as AMC and GameStop.

Disclosure of short sell positions and activity could very well be the start of it too.

If you were slacking off at work but now have your boss micromanaging you, you’d be more inclined to refrain from slacking off, correct?

It’s this type of micromanaging we need to see regulators impose on short sellers so that the demand from retail orders accurately reflect on the price of a security.

Gensler: 95% of retail orders do not go through lit exchange

Rule 13f-2 enforces 10b-21

SEC rule 10b-21 and 13f-2

Rule 10b-21 addresses failure to delivers in securities that have been associated with naked short selling.

This rule is meant to prohibit abusive naked short selling.

However, there has been no way of identifying overleveraged positions or short sell activity to enforce no such acts are carried throughout the market.

That’s where rule 13f-2 comes into play.

13f-2 provides the commission for public disclosure:

  1. The name of the issuer
  2. Title
  3. Class
  4. CUSIP number (a unique identification number assigned to stocks and registered bonds in the United States and Canada.)
  5. and number of short sales of each security

When enforced, this SEC rule will allow regulators to identify everything there is to know about a hedge funds short selling activity.

Community, this is quite big.

Public disclosures will occur every month.

“Buy to cover” rule and CAT firms

Proposed Rule 205 would establish a new “buy to cover” order making requirements for certain purchase orders affected by a broker-dealer.

The Proposal to Amend CAT would require CAT reporting firms to report short sale data not currently required that would enhance regulators’ understanding of the lifecycle of a trade – from order origination and through order execution and allocation.

This means the SEC will now have eyes on where a short sell comes from and where it gets processed and moved to.

Here is where naked shares may be exposed, recorded, and become obligated to get closed.

This Proposal to Amend CAT holds every party during the trade of a short sell accountable.

How do these rules lift suppression on heavily shorted stock?

The SEC says these proposals could help to advance the policy goal of investor protection by deterring market manipulation.

This means that when enforced, hedge funds will now be forced to play by the rules since all data is being recorded through a variety of parties, making it complicated to report inaccuracies.

The SEC on illegal short selling and “Bear Raids”

Bear Raids
The SEC on Bear Raids – ‘Meme stocks’ plummet

The SEC’s report is filled with information retail investors have been raising awareness about for over a year now.

They briefly go over the spread of false information from which short sellers profit from the decline of a stock’s share price.

“Market manipulators may seek to spread false information about an issuer whose stock they sold short in order to profit from a resulting decline in the stock’s price.”

This is something Elon Musk just recently spoke to CNBC about.

Hedge funds and corporate media have played a big role in “Bear Raids”.

Bear raids are an illegal practice to plummet a stock’s price through concerted short selling and the spread of false or negative information about the target.

This influences public sentiment and opinion.

We’ve seen this illegal practice too many times with AMC and GameStop.

Platforms owned by News Corp. attacked AMC and GameStop by publishing articles to derail retail investors from purchasing the stocks.

As millions of retail investors bought ‘meme stocks’, hedge funds shorting the stocks lost billions of dollars.

CEO and founder of hedge fund Citadel Ken Griffin coincidentally has a stake in News Corp.

The SEC warns short sellers of “Short Squeeze” risk

sec warns short sellers of short squeeze risk - meme stocks short squeeze

A short squeeze poses massive risk to not only hedge funds and market makers but also to small short sellers.

The SEC did not miss outlining the risk a short squeeze has on short sellers in their market transparency report.

AMC and GameStop’s current reported short interest is more than 20% each.

This is more than enough short interest to squeeze shorts from their positions.

And because hedge funds have been overleveraging their positions, this is no ordinary play anymore.

Hedge funds now have a ticking time-bomb that may cause systemic risk.

Will AMC and GameStop experience a managed short squeeze?

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