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Chicago Tribune Says Citadel Securities’ Dark Pool Targets Small Investors

Market News: Citadel Securities Dark Pools Exposed
Market News: Citadel Securities Dark Pools exposed

The Chicago Tribune just published a piece explaining exactly what retail investors have been warning the SEC about.

Citadel Securities’ dark pool dominates a big part of the financial world, accounting for as much as half of U.S. stock market activity.

The Chicago Tribune says this prominent dark pool is run by Chicago Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Citadel Securities and has been targeting small scale retail investors.

And they’re not wrong.

Dark pools are typically involved in payment for order flow (PFOF), where they pay broker firms to receive retail order flow.

Brokers such as Robinhood and TD Ameritrade accept payment for order flow.

But retail investors have now brought these nefarious practices in the market to light.

Let’s discuss it.

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Taking down Citadel’s dark pool

Citadel Securities Dark Pool
Citadel Securities Dark Pool

The Chicago Tribune has acknowledged investors’ orders almost never make it to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or NASDAQ.

The editorial team say they get redirected to electronic platforms run by private market makers who match buyers with sellers at a price they determine, behind closed doors.

Citadel Securities’ dark pool is able to make money on the difference between bid and ask prices when trades are matched.

This creates major conflict of interest as the orders they fill are not competing against one another; therefore, the price is open for manipulation.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said himself 90% to 95% or retail’s orders do not get processed through the lit exchange.

And although light is shining on this very real problem, nothing is being done about it by our regulators yet.

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for revising its rules to keep up with technology and, here’s a surprise, the regulators have fallen behind.” – The Chicago Tribune.

But the editor says the problem is the SEC has too much on their hands and are spreading themselves thin.

They’re focused on crypto regulation, SPACs, and climate control.

It’s rather clear dark pools are not the SEC’s main priority.

Citadel Scandal

Citadel Scandal - Ken Griffin Lied
Ken Griffin – Citadel Scandal

Citadel has been heavily scrutinized by retail investors for not only heavily shorting ‘meme stocks’, but for suppressing the price driven by retail demand with its dark pool.

#KenGriffinLied began trending on Twitter earlier this year and again this month when the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services released a report confirming Robinhood and Citadel did indeed have blunt negotiations prior to trading restrictions on January 28th of 2021.

The “GameStopped” report documents in detail the events that lead to the halting of ‘meme stocks’.

Ken Griffin swore under oath that Citadel and Robinhood had no communication the day prior to the restrictions, but proof has now surfaced.

The question now is, will the case dismissed by Judge Cecilia Altonaga late last year get reopened?

The Miami district court judge admitted the Citadel and Robinhood transcripts were suspicious.

However, the federal court has dismissed the case due to a lack of evidence.

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

The retail community found Judge Cecilia Altonaga had ties to the defendant in the Robinhood and Citadel case, creating a major conflict of interest.

But mainstream media isn’t covering this.

What can be done about this corruption in the market?

Wall Street Corruption

If you’ve been one of my day-ones, you know I’ve always preached raising awareness.

Raising awareness is what gets people to learn, dive deep, and stand against market injustices.

People want to fight for a cause, people want to fight for freedom.

Instead of focusing on the things that are out of our control (SEC, market manipulation, etc.), we must focus on the things that are in our control.

And that is raising awareness to educate the population.

I truly believe this is the way to creating real change.

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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.

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

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Will The Apes Successfully Take Down Wall Street Again?

Apes vs wall street
Stock Market News and AMC Updates: Apes VS Wall Street

Retail investors known as ‘apes’ were able to do what no one else in history has ever done before.

They exposed fraud in the stock market and uncovered conflict of interest no one was ever supposed to see.

In the midst of it, a handful of investors made money, causing massive hedge funds to lose billions of dollars.

Do the ‘apes’ have the power to win big again?

And if so, what’s it going to take?

Let’s discuss it.

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Shorts think retail investors are experiencing fatigue

Reuters just published an article giving us some insight to what suits think of the current ‘meme stock’ situation.

They understand that short interest in AMC is rising despite its fundamental improvement.

Shorts seem to have gained some confidence in the bear market – go figure.

Wedbush Securities Inc. says it doesn’t seem like it’s a great time to short AMC.

Bets against the company “reflect that institutional investors think that the retail shareholders are experiencing fatigue here.”

While it’s true buying has cooled down, apes are still very much in this play to squeeze shorts from their positions.

Many investors have gone on the offense for months now and are supporting AMC Entertainment outside the market.

Shareholders have become so loyal to the brand that they’ve become the very guests attending the movie theatres.

Volume might not be on the rise like last year, but movie theatre attendance sure is.

The ape community has grown to understand just how important the fundamentals of the company are, despite a short squeeze not requiring them.

Retail investors might look like they’re on the sideline, but little do shorts know they’ve been on the offense the entire time.

A beacon for change

We the investors
We The Investors – apes sign to ban PFOF

The ‘ape’ community continues to be a beacon for change.

Community members recently gathered on social media to sign a petition going out to the SEC, created by activist Dave Laurer.

We The Investors is an initiative to get retail’s concerns in front of SEC Chairman Gary Gensler in efforts to raise awareness of the problems retail investors face in the market.

The letter to ban PFOF (payment for order flow) received more than 71.5k signatures.

“Together, we’re going to make sure that retail represents itself, & that firms who productize their clients can’t claim to represent them. Together, we’re going to make markets simpler, fairer & more transparent”, says Dave.

Ken Griffin’s Citadel is pushing back on the possibility of the SEC banning PFOF, along with the entire hedge fund industry.

However, other apes are taking a much different approach.

Unlike Dave Lauer, majority of retail investors don’t believe in the SEC.

They’re using marketing campaigns to put pressure on our regulators as seen below.

A mobile billboard truck was spotted in New York reading “The SEC is Complicit with Wall Street Corruption“.

Meanwhile, content creators on social media continue to educate the masses on market injustices.

Institutional investors beware, apes aren’t leaving.

Related: Here's Why Mainstream Media is Attacking AMC

AMC stock prepares for a breakthrough

AMC Entertainment Stock
AMC Entertainment Stock – Will apes trigger a short squeeze?

Buying pressure tends to slow down during bear markets, but this isn’t stopping retail investors from staying in the game.

While the ‘hodl’ game is strong, big buying pressure will soon be underway as the markets begin to shift upwards again.

Momentum from shorts closing will fuel retail’s demand for the stock, inevitably forcing a short squeeze.

And fortunately for AMC shareholders, there are plenty of short sellers in this play to send AMC’s stock price to a new all-time high.

An incredibly important part of history is being written today.

Will you be a part of it?

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Here’s Why Mainstream Media Is Attacking AMC

Here's why mainstream media is attacking AMC
Why does mainstream media target AMC Entertainment?

If you’re new to the ‘ape’ community, you might be wondering why in the world is mainstream media attacking AMC.

It’s to the point where the shilling has become almost unnatural.

Why are they portraying Adam Aron a certain way?

Why are mainstream media portraying retail investors a certain way?

At first glance, snarky headings could potentially sway new investors from staying clear from investing in the world’s largest movie theatre chain.

But there is always the truth.

Here’s why mainstream media keeps attacking AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

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Short and distort campaigns

The biggest way mainstream media is attacking AMC is through ‘short and distort’ campaigns.

Elon Musk said in a CNBC interview hedge funds have used short selling and complex derivatives to take advantage of retail investors.

The complex derivatives Elon is referring to could be an array of things such as options trading, HFT, swaps, borrowed stock, and even naked shares.

So, where does mainstream media play a role in all this?

The Tesla CEO says hedge funds will short a company, conduct negative publicity campaigns to drive the stock price down, then cash out and do it multiple times over.

This tactic is what’s known as “short and distort”.

Hedge funds impose their influence on corporate media such as The Fool, Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch to scare people out of their money.

Here, writers get paid to write about a certain topic or narrative, hence the conflict of interest.

The Motley Fool: Forget AMC
The Motley Fool: Forget AMC

Here are a few titles published by one of the biggest participants in ‘short and distort’ campaigns, the Motley Fool:

  • Forget AMC: Is Clover Health the New Reddit Stock That Will Make You Rich?
  • Forget AMC Entertainment: These Stocks Will Make You Rich
  • Forget AMC and GameStop: These 2 Popular Robinhood Stocks Are Better Buys
  • Forget AMC: Consider This Streaming Stock Instead
  • Forget AMC and GameStop: This Stock Could Double Your Money

And the list goes on and on.

These types of headlines cost investors who didn’t take a position a lot of money.

While mainstream media warned investors of AMC, Franknez.com was saying to buy AMC when it was at $5 per share, the stock soared more than 3000% months later.

Hedge funds have always colluded with the media to drive share prices lower by publishing hit pieces speaking negatively of a company.

Not only has mainstream media attacked AMC with headlines but has strongly recommended the public to stay away from it.

Connecting the dots

Yahoo Finance AMC Stock
Yahoo Finance AMC Stock

AMC Entertainment stock has been one of the most viciously attacked stocks in the market.

This year alone, AMC has topped 16.5 million FTDs through May.

It’s no secret AMC was close to going bankrupt during the height of the pandemic.

A path to recovery seemed bleak – so short sellers naturally gravitated towards the stock.

The goal?

To short AMC Entertainment out of existence, profiting with no tax accountability.

But that vision was shattered when retail investors bought the stock en masse, forcing some shorts to close their positions and sending AMC’s share price to a new all-time high of $72 per share.

Mainstream media tried to derail investors from buying the stock throughout the entire journey.

See, MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and other shill platforms are owned by News Corp.

News Corp. is the biggest news conglomerate in the world.

Citadel’s Ken Griffin, who just happens to have one of the top 10 institutions shorting AMC Entertainment, also has a stake in News Corp.

The conflict of interest is undeniable.

Other platforms partaking in short and distort campaigns include Yahoo Finance, InvestorPlace, and The Motley Fool.

Isn’t AMC over? Why does it matter?

AMC Short Interest

AMC isn’t over, which is why mainstream media continues to attack the century old movie theatre chain.

The short interest is still very high.

When AMC’s share price rose to $72 per share, its short interest dropped from 23% to 20%, and then to 14%.

AMC’s current short interest is back up to 22.63%, updated daily here.

And mainstream media will do whatever it takes to protect its clients.

They won’t touch topic on the short interest or address predatorial short selling strategies used to drive the share price down.

They’ve used AMC’s recovering fundamentals to bypass everything else.

But even then, AMC’s fundamentals have improved drastically, shocking Wall Street today.

The fact is AMC continues to be a short squeeze play in 2022, and mainstream media doesn’t want the public to know this.

Hedge funds already lost billions last year, with some even closing due to the damages caused by ‘meme stocks’.

Those who know, know.

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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?

Leave a comment below.

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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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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Related: Ken Griffin Attacks: "Pension Plans Destroyed by Retail Investors"

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.

Let’s discuss it.

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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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Related: Ken Griffin Speaks Out on Retail Investors and Meme Stocks

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.

What do you think?

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SEC News: New Proposals Threaten MOASS and Market Justice

SEC News
SEC News – NSCC 2022 003 – NSCC 2022 801

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

Be sure to bookmark this page as it will be continuously updated for your convenience.

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.

Read: Is the SEC Complicit to Market Injustices?

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