Suing Robinhood – Again
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First, trading of meme stocks have been HALTED MULTIPLES TIMES due to EXTREME volatility:
This happens when a stock increases in value SO MUCH that it completely detaches from its fundamentals…so, the New York Stock Exchange reserves the right to TEMPORARILY suspend trading to give its investors a time to “cool off.”
Now, I’ve been saying this for quite some time – but, this is going to be EXTREMELY difficult to regulate, because it becomes IMPOSSIBLE to figure out where to draw the line, and at which point someone becomes liable for what they say online.
Second, I realize THIS is what everyone wants me to talk about: Robinhood, and the ALLEGED wrongdoings of GameStop.
On the morning of Thursday, January 28th – Robinhood, along with several other brokerages, disabled their users from being able to BUY certain stocks, like AMC, GameStop, BlackBerry, Nokia, and a few others – ONLY allowing them to SELL their positions, thereby inadvertently causing the price of those stocks to drop SUBSTANTIALLY.
That completely ELIMINATES the “natural price discovery” of the stock market, where people can FREELY BUY AND SELL a stock for whatever they think it’s worth.
That’s why, NOW, there’s a push for a class action lawsuit AGAINST Robinhood, claiming that Robinhood has been pulling stocks from its platform in order to slow growth, and help benefit Robinhood’s large institutional investors and partners…not its customers, to who it should owe a fiduciary duty to.
Robinhood DID respond to this after the market closed, saying that this was done as a financial requirement to meet SEC net capital obligations and clearinghouse deposits. AND…they ended it by saying “To be clear, this decision was not made on the direction of any market maker we route to or other market participants.”
Now, to be fair to Robinhood – this DID happen to other platforms, as well, who happen to use APEX Clearing to process their trades, and several brokerages, including TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab, placed heavy restrictions on the stock by increasing their margin requirements “until further notice.”
I’m trying to be as neutral as possible when it comes to this, because I don’t think it’s fair to just point your finger at Robinhood, when there’s a LOT more to the situation than most of us realize…but, it’s certainly going to require more research to get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on.
But…the way I see it, this event will ALMOST CERTAINLY cause there to be further regulation to prevent something like this from happening again.
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