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Robinhood: side effects include headaches, suicide, addiction, anxiety, withdrawals. And IPO.

Robinhood: side effects include headaches, suicide, addiction, anxiety, withdrawals. And IPO.

Robinhood has demonstrated and deleterious effects on day traders, including enormous tax losses, suicide, anxiety, addiction.

Meanwhile, the firm is the subject of major regulatory and legal procedures, whose outcomes are hidden or unknown.

The firm’s IPO looks very much like passing on the hot potato… again to unsuspecting and inexperienced traders.

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T+1 ?

T+1 ?

Should US stocks settle T+1? The current T+2 settlement date is considered antiquated, and the Robinhood affair (gee, them again???) has relaunched the debate. Here is a review of the DTCC’s proposal, as well as an idea for derivatives traders.

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The high price of free trade

The high price of free trade

Free doesn’t mean without cost. Payment For Order Flow brings benefits to the public, but there are drawbacks to this new execution approach.

This article explains what Payment For Order Flow is, the role of the market-makers, as well as the benefits and the drawbacks of the approach. It highlights the difficulty that SEC will meet in smoothing out those issues.

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A History of Daytrading: Regulators, Congress and Robinhood

A History of Daytrading: Regulators, Congress and Robinhood

More about Robinhood… Massachusetts’ Enforcement Division filed a complaint about
– its aggressive growth tactics,
– the firm’s outages and disruptions, which were well known and ignored while pushing growth,
– its gamification,
– and insufficient supervision for option trading.

Here is an excellent, albeit a bit lengthy, analysis of the history, regulatory and general situation of Robinhood & its Day Trading business by Bill Singer of Broke and Brokers (http://www.rrbdlaw.com/).

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Robinhood’s $65m SEC penalty and the ‘gamification’ of trading

Robinhood’s $65m SEC penalty and the ‘gamification’ of trading

Robinhood has just been fined $65m for overcharging its customers, despite trades being free of charge – the company sells its order flow, and the net result is that traders are overcharged $35m/y.

The firm also mislead its clients in its advertising.

But in the back of these already serious issues, is the question of ”gamification’ of trading, where inexperienced individuals actively day-trade on margin. They end-up facing professional investors, who are much better informed and equipped than them. A previous note (https://lnkd.in/gCjKwtM) showed that most if not all end-up losing money.

This five-year-old article below still remains a good analysis of what ‘gamification’ entails. It is probably fine for school teaching and corporate training, but feeding a “high-octane gambling need” is probably not ideal for financial markets.

Robinhood’s documented bubbles, coupled with many new accounts and likely overpriced markets, could turn pretty ugly pretty fast.

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More crypto dominoes are falling

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Add this failure to the list of cascading failures in the digital space.
Unfortunately, with no regulation and capital buffers, more dominoes will fall, and with little recourse for the other players.

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Shimao follows Evergrande into default

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The Chinese real estate bubble is bursting, and more pain will follow.

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Crypto systemic risk

A systemic effect is currently unfolding in the digital space. Stable coins have been hit, then coins, then lenders, then hedge funds and now crypto exchanges. Unfortunately, the lack of regulation, of regulator, of risk constraint, or even capital buffer will make the fall even more painful.

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Top French quant: Best mathematicians are in France, or Russia

Should data science be a area of mathematics or a science by itself? Raphael Douady, a prized financial market academic, contends that it is a science in itself, and that French and Russian mathematicians ranks among the best.

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Allianz Fund Collapse Ends With Guilty Plea, $5.8 Billion Payout

Allianz Structured Alpha funds lost $7 billion of investor money in March 2020.
Gregoire Tournant, the portfolio manager, has been arrested.
The firm pleads guilty and will pay $5.8 in fines and restitutions.

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Panel Ponzi Prison – Epilogue

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What statisics say about hedge fund fraud and tsarist regimes

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Barclay’s $600 m ETN blunder

Barclays has announced a loss of GBP 450m related to the sale suspension of OIL and VXX two weeks ago. The operational blunder is impressive.

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RIP, Russian stocks

MSCI is removing the Russian stock index at zero, implicitly valuing the entire Russian equity market at nil. And it is correct.
Russian stocks are literally worth nothing.

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Credit Suisse destroys evidence of oligarch yacht loans

Credit Suisse is taking advantage of the situation in Ukraine to eliminate evidence related to the Russian oligarchs’ tax evasion (money laundering?).

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