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SEC Spent $460K on “Investomania” Meme Stock Ad

SEC Meme stock ad campaign costs
Market News: SEC spends nearly half a million dollars ridiculing retail investors.

The SEC spent nearly half a million dollars on the ‘meme stock’ ad campaign that ridiculed millions of retail investors.

A Twitter user had sent in a FOIA application inquiring about the costs to produce “Investomania”, the video published on the SEC’s official YouTube channel.

The agency that was established in the early 1930s to protect retail investors took a shot at millions of investors who participated in the ‘meme stock’ frenzy.

The frenzy became one of the biggest movements worldwide and exposed Ken Griffin’s Citadel, mainstream media, and the SEC in a web of conflicts of interest which catered to an array of market injustices that favored institutional investors over retail investors.

“Investomania” was a cold hit to the millions of average people who joined the stock market for the first time.

It ridiculed new investors and diminished what could possibly be one of the biggest movements in market history.

Let’s discuss it.

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Is the SEC Complicit to Market Injustices?

is the SEC complicit to market injustices?
Gary Gensler – SEC Chairman.

The SEC has put retail investor’s concerns on the backburner for over a year now ever since the ‘meme stock’ frenzy of 2021.

Although Redditors and social media participants from around the world managed to create big success by driving up the share price of AMC, GameStop, and others (BBBY, etc.), much much more was discovered during the process.

This is why retail investors simply couldn’t just walk away.

‘Meme stocks’ became the average person’s first-ever investment in the stock market which means many entered plays based on FOMO, or fear of missing out.

When these stocks began to come back down, many faced serious losses in the process.

Those who didn’t take profits argued that the stocks were heavily manipulated and suppressed from further rising.

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services found Robinhood and Citadel negotiated in ‘blunt’ conversations the night before ‘meme stocks’ were halted.

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

This act saved institutional investors from taking further damages and completely ripped off retail investors from either cashing in larger profits or becoming profitable in the first place.

The SEC Shows a Warm Welcome to New Retail Investors

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said in an interview with Jon Stewart that they barely have the budget for coffee at their agency, let alone the budget to fight crime in the market.

Dark pools, off exchange trading, and various other loopholes have been used to work against retail investors feeding the pockets of multi-billion-dollar hedge funds.

Many have wondered whether the SEC or Gary Gensler himself is lobbied into allowing these market injustices to occur – a fine to play if you will.

Out of all the incredible findings retail investors have brought to surface, the SEC decided to spend nearly half a million dollars to ridicule retail investors – the very same people they swore to defend, instead of tackling real market issues.

A Twitter user shared the campaigns production and advertising expenses with the retail community.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission FY22 Public Service Campaign.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission FY22 Public Service Campaign.
'Investomania' advertising costs.
‘Investomania’ advertising costs.

The costs of the “Investomania” meme stock advertisement campaign also include skits on ‘crypto’, ‘margin calls’, and ‘easy money’ aimed at the retail crowd.

Former SEC Branch Chief Lisa Braganca stated she was “very disappointing to see 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… how about a video about dark pools @GaryGensler?”

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Is the SEC complicit to the market manipulation that’s occurred over the decades?

What do you think was the purpose of the SEC’s ‘Investomania’ meme stock advertisement campaign?

Was it merely fun and games or do you think it was out of line?

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Citadel Has a Long History of Market Manipulation

Citadel Market Manipulation
Market News: Citadel and friends are entering the crypto space | Ken Griffin.

Citadel and friends are entering the crypto world very soon.

EDX Markets plans to bring ‘traditional finance’ to the crypto space, a not so ‘traditional’ space to begin with.

The exchange made up of Citadel, Sequoia, Paradigm, Virtu, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity is debuting in November.

EDX Markets will start trading a limited number of spot, crypto tokens starting with a November trial period, with the official launch in January, per Bloomberg.

Similar to trading equities and options, EDX will allow investors to buy and sell digital assets through their existing broker dealer, rather than an outside venue or directly through a crypto-native exchange. 

“We’re taking some of the best features of traditional finance and bringing it to the digital markets to make it more efficient, and bring that cost saving to investors,” Nazarali said.

Nazarali is the former global head of business development at Citadel Securities.

But as many are aware, these financial institutions have a long history of playing unfair.

Will these sharks taint the crypto space too?

Let’s look at Citadel’s market manipulation history.

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Citadel Market Manipulation

2015

In 2015, an account operated in China by the brokerage arm of US hedge fund Citadel was suspended.

It was the latest casualty of regulators’ hunt for market manipulators and short sellers at the time.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission said that the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges had suspended 24 accounts as part of a probe into high-frequency trading.

The investigation focused on a practice known as “spoofing” in which an investor submits a buy or sell order but then withdraws it before a sale is completed — a practice that can mislead investors by creating the false impression that a stock is trading at a particular price.

Citadel confirmed that one of its accounts managed by Guosen Futures was among those suspended.

2017

SEC Citadel

In 2017 Citadel paid the SEC $22.6 million to settle charges of misleading conduct.

The hedge fund 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.

“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.

2021

In 2021, Failure-to-Delivers (FTDs) rose dramatically in the period leading up to January 28th, 2021, a phenomenon consistent with increasing short interest by market makers such as Citadel Securities.

FTDs are indictive of naked short selling, which occurs when a short seller does not actually possess the security it is supposed to borrow.

This practice is largely inaccessible to individual investors but accessible to market makers.

At the time, Citadel, Robinhood, and others restricted retail investors from buying ‘meme stocks’ in order to prevent escalating institutional losses.

Citadel eventually lost billions after betting against AMC Entertainment in 2021.

But the entire system needs a refresh – The DTCC waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021, saving brokers, and screwing up retail investors.

2022

The Chicago Tribune 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 been bringing these nefarious practices in the market to light.

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Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Order Type

Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Order Type
Market News: Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX

BREAKING: Citadel Securities just lost the court case to the IEX order type.

The ruling is a notable victory for IEX and a blow to Citadel Securities, which profits from small differences between the bid and ask prices in a trade.

(Bloomberg)—Citadel Securities LLC lost its case against the US Securities and Exchange Commission over a market order type from IEX Group Inc., after arguing the SEC botched its approval. 

A trio of federal judges in Washington on Friday upheld the regulator’s decision on the order type, D-Limit, which features a 350-microsecond delay meant to reduce the advantage of high-frequency traders.

The electronic trading firm founded by billionaire Ken Griffin argued that D-Limit hurts investors by delaying their orders and that the SEC approval process broke the laws and rules that govern it.

This is big news.

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A massive win for retail investors

iex order type

This is a huge win for retail investors and of course a big victory for IEX.

Citadel Securities, which profits from small differences between the bid and ask prices in a trade, will be losing a lot of money.

IEX, which markets itself as a champion of fairness in pricing for the average investor, began offering the discretionary limit order in October 2020 after the SEC stood by it in August. 

In suing its own regulator, Citadel Securities—one of the top market makers on the exchange—had asked the court to send D-Limit back to the SEC for reconsideration and reversal. 

Investors had no update on this case until now, Citadel loses the court case to IEX.

“The SEC’s determination that the DLimit order does not violate the Exchange Act by unfairly discriminating or unduly burdening competition was reasonable and supported by substantial evidence,” the court found.

Citadel Securities spokesperson David Millar said in a statement: “We look forward to continuing to engage with the SEC to ensure that the best interests of both retail and institutional investors are protected.”

IEX had no immediate comment on the court’s decision.

The SEC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

What Is The D-Limit Order?

The D-Limit order is designed to protect liquidity providers from potential “adverse selection” by latency arbitrage trading strategies.

This rule basically gives traders a way to buy or sell stock at the exchange while protecting them against unfavorable price moves, via Reuters.

“The D-Limit Order is an artificial intelligence order type that protects displayed lit orders from being picked off by latency arbitrage players.”

“It aims to benefit displayed equity market quotes with better prices, larger displayed sizes and more competition among liquidity providers.” via, JLN.  

This order is a massive threat to Citadel as it takes away predatory trading through the practices of market arbitrage.

What is Market Arbitrage?

Market arbitrage is the act of buying a security in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market for a higher price.

Traders frequently attempt to exploit the arbitrage opportunity by buying a stock on a foreign exchange where the share price hasn’t yet been adjusted for the fluctuating exchange rate, via Investopedia.

This type of trading takes advantage of everyone involved, including retail investors.

Citadel personnel argued that the D-Limit rule is detrimental to millions of retail investors and undermine the reliability of the markets.

Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Sources: Chicago Business

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AMC FTDs Top 51.6 Million This Year Through June

AMC FTDs
Stock Market News: AMC FTDs top 51.6 million year-to-date

AMC’s FTDs have skyrocketed this year.

These FTDs (failure-to-deliver) are millions of orders unaccounted for in the lit market.

An FTD happens when a party is unable to deliver a tradable asset or meet a contractual obligation in a transaction.

Naked short sales and selling an asset without borrowing it first are two of the leading causes for failures to deliver.

I’m going to break down how many FTDs AMC has had every month this year so far.

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Number of AMC FTDs per month

AMC FTDs
AMC FTD Chart – AMC Naked Shorting – AMC Failure to Deliver

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. has had millions of FTDs this year.

Here they are broken down per month.

January 2022: 2,016,672

February 2022: 3,138,919

March 2022: 6,011,866

April 2022: 4,326,160

May 2022: 1,091,540

*June 2022: 35,071,358

Total: 51,656,515 so far.

Last month AMC FTDs surged past 35 million!

June saw the highest AMC FTDs it’s seen all year.

The dollar amount of these FTDs mount up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

The alarming number of failure-to-delivers in AMC goes to show institutions shorting AMC stock are getting away with fraud.

They are creating naked shares to short AMC stock by essentially writing checks out that end up not clearing, resulting in FTDs.

In the process, short sellers are able to make profit without any accountability.

March had the highest amount of AMC FTDs so far with more than 6 million being recorded.

In March we saw AMC surge past $34 per share before it was halted and suppressed alongside GameStop, which surged to $199 per share.

Related: 98% of Ticker Had Few FTDs Than GameStop

Final thoughts

AMC Naked Shorting
AMC Naked Shorting – AMC Failure to Deliver

The grand scheme of naked shorting has been the most blatant market manipulation in finance history.

Yet regulators such as the SEC can’t seem to plug the loophole.

It’s up to retail investors to demand change in the markets to level the playfield.

NSCC-2022-003 could be a start to eliminating fire selloffs and potentially limiting naked short selling.

But it’s not enough.

The retail community must continue to raise awareness of these predatorial market conditions in hopes to create real change for all participants.

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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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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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Bank of America Increases Short Position in AMC

Market News: Bank of America AMC
Market News: Bank of America increases AMC puts

Bank of America and JP Morgan continue to bet against AMC despite the repercussions.

Like hedge funds, banks have also been under much public scrutiny for betting short in the market.

Regulators subpoenaed some of the largest banks and hedge funds after investigating communications between the two parties earlier this year.

Goldman Sach’s dark pools were investigated in May – a popular issue amongst the retail community.

Combined, hedge funds and banks have millions of shares working against the largest movie theatre chain in the world.

And in this article, I’m going to break down the most recently reported numbers.

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Bank of America bets against AMC Theatres

Market News: Bank of America Increases Short Position in AMC
Market News: Bank of America increases short position in AMC

Bank of America increased their short bets against AMC in May, according to this Fintel report.

The bank now holds a total of 1,007,500 puts of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. stock.

Retail investors were shocked to discover BofA was one of the top 10 financial institutions betting against the movie theatre chain last year.

And they haven’t left, but rather remained bearish on AMC.

The ball might be in their court in today’s bear market, but retail investors are already weary of the market’s integrity.

Last year, hedge funds sought out to destroy the movie theatre chain by shorting it to bankruptcy.

But retail investors put a stop to the madness – saving AMC Entertainment from collapsing, and inflicting billions of dollars in damage to short sellers.

Retail investors even closed their bank accounts with Bank of America after discovering the bank was betting against the beloved movie theatre stock.

Meme stocks were no joke.

Corporate fraud and corruption were exposed, retail made money, and the media lost all credibility.

But Bank of America isn’t the biggest bear when it comes to AMC stock.

Here’s a list of other banks and hedge funds going short on AMC.

Institutions shorting AMC stock

Institutions shorting AMC stock - who is shorting AMC
Who is shorting AMC?

#1. Susquehanna – 11,004,100 shares short

#2. Citadel – 4,889,900 shares short

#3. Goldman Sachs – 2,785,00 shares short

#4. Group One – 2,221,900 shares short

#5. 683 Capital – 1,992,600 shares short

#6. Bank of America – 1,007,500 shares short

#7. Wolverine Trading – 921,400 shares short

#8. Piction Mahoney – 500,000 shares short

#9. JP Morgan – 400,000 shares short

None of these institutions have closed their positions in AMC.

One hedge fund that was removed from the list is Sculptor Capital LP – the institution closed their small position at a loss this year according to Fintel.

Anchorage Capital closed last year after betting against AMC.

The hedge fund held 4,000,000 puts prior to shutting down.

Even Gabe Plotkin’s Melvin Capital is shutting down in June after GameStop crippled the short seller last year.

Bank of America might have increased their short position in AMC, but is it wise to bet against retail?

Retail has power, and I think retail is about to prove it again very soon.

I’m interested to learn what 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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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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