Article: Is Elon Musk’s Toxic Reign Coming to an End?

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Is Elon Musk’s Toxic Reign Coming to an End?

Tim Fries, 10 July 2021

Afew years ago, no one would have expected for one man to introduce so much volatility into the crypto space. Elon Musk filled that ignoble role, but everything has its expiry date.

What Did Elon Musk Do to Deserve 58 Million Followers?
Elon Musk got his first major financial breakthrough when he sold his Zip2 company to Compaq in 1999 for $307 million. Three years later, as a co-founder of PayPal, he sold it to eBay for $1.5 billion. Established business pedigree and these two financial injections were sufficient for him to focus on more concrete projects: Continue reading “Article: Is Elon Musk’s Toxic Reign Coming to an End?”

Article: In a New Financial Dynamic, AMC CEO Ditches Plan to Side with Retail Investors

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In a New Financial Dynamic, AMC CEO Ditches Plan to Side with Retail Investors

Tim Fries, 07 July 2021

Just a few months ago, AMC CEO Adam Aron leveraged retail traders to lead the company out of its ‘certain’ demise. After billions in raised capital, retail traders—self-proclaimed ‘apes’—have now seemingly signalled the limit to selling shares. The situation illustrates a major shift in finance, for perhaps the first time.

AMC Indebted in More Ways Than One
At the beginning of June, the Tokenist reported that 80% of AMC shares have come into the possession of retail investors. Of those, many share their extensive analysis in various subreddits. What they ultimately show is a reluctance to follow the more sophisticated fundamental analysis of companies, GameStop and AMC Entertainment in particular. Continue reading “Article: In a New Financial Dynamic, AMC CEO Ditches Plan to Side with Retail Investors”

Article: Silver Lake AMC Bond Theory Falls Short, but Still Benefits Shareholders

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Silver Lake AMC Bond Theory Falls Short, but Still Benefits Shareholders

Tim Fries, 05 July 2021

Amid heightened margin trading requirements and greater scrutiny on GME/AMC stocks, investors continue to look under every rock for signs of institutional trickery. A theory which was notably gaining attention by retail investors stemming from a recent AMC filing and Silver Lake’s convertible notes was believed to have larger implications than what is now known.

Silver Lake’s AMC Bonds Explained
For the last couple of days, retail investors that comprise the so-called ‘meme’ stock circle of social media have been abuzz with the #AMCBonds hashtag. Although worrying at first, it didn’t quite pan out as vigilant retail traders first framed it. Continue reading “Article: Silver Lake AMC Bond Theory Falls Short, but Still Benefits Shareholders”

Article: AMC is Now Designated by NYSE as a ‘Threshold Security’

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AMC is Now Designated by NYSE as a ‘Threshold Security’

Tim Fries, 29 June 2021

The more one zooms into the stock market’s underpinnings, the more surreal it gets. Today, the NYSE has designated AMC as a ‘threshold security’, shining further light onto the situation with AMC shares that fail to deliver.

MOASS Revisited
Yesterday, the Tokenist reported on another tie-in to the great short squeeze saga. Both TD Ameritrade and Schwab brokers announced their increased margin trading requirements to reduce the risk for themselves and for traders who wish to engage in the trading of the two mega-shorted stocks – GME and AMC. As these stocks already drained $12 billion from hedge funds, all market players are fortifying their financial walls. Continue reading “Article: AMC is Now Designated by NYSE as a ‘Threshold Security’”

Article: New NSCC Rule Change Poised to End the Short Squeeze Saga

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New NSCC Rule Change Poised to End the Short Squeeze Saga

Tim Fries, 22 June 2021

On Wednesday, market makers, which are also DTCC clearing members, will have to tighten up their short-selling belts. Because their available capital will be contrasted more frequently with member deposits, their ability to maintain massive short positions is slated to be crippled.

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Article: Banks Raise $34 Billion to Comply with SEC Rule, Effective Today

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Banks Raise $34 Billion to Comply with SEC Rule, Effective Today

Tim Fries, 22 April 2021

Having the collateral to cover stock trading is important to oil the market cogs. With margin trading, it is critical, a lesson learned the hard way from “Bill” Hwang last month. From today, the SEC will decide which brokerages failed to cover their securities trading, and what punishments it will dish out.

What is SEC Rule 15c3-3?
Even free market absolutists understand that rules of the playing field have to be followed to maintain the ecosystem. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the final arbiter in this arena. Although this regulatory agency too suffers from the “revolving door” syndrome, on paper, the SEC is in charge of ensuring market participants play fairly. Continue reading “Article: Banks Raise $34 Billion to Comply with SEC Rule, Effective Today”

Article: Can the US Economy Withstand a $3 Trillion Cash Injection?

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Can the US Economy Withstand a $3 Trillion Cash Injection?

Tim Fries, 12 April 2021

It is not often noted that the U.S. Treasury too injects the economy with cash flow, on top of various stimulus packages. With a precarious economic balance such as it is, excess liquidity may yet be another trigger to make inflation worse.

Controlled Demolition of the Economy
At this point, it’s safe to say this decade began with a string of anomalies colossal in scope. Novel, harsh lockdowns were introduced for a fast-spreading, largely unknown virus. This led to historic wealth transfer from workers to corporate conglomerates close to $4 trillion, not to be confused with the other historic wealth transfer from boomers to millennials. Continue reading “Article: Can the US Economy Withstand a $3 Trillion Cash Injection?”