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Tons of of hundreds watch as AOC takes on Robinhood on Twitch

01/29/2021

AOC and visitors explored the situations that led to the GameStop brief squeeze and the ramifications of the institutional response to it.

Tons of of hundreds tuned in to a Twitch stream right now as U.S. congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez mentioned Robinhood’s controversial determination to droop buying and selling in GameStop after the brief squeeze engineered by r/WallStreetBets.

Hours earlier, Ocasio-Cortez, who sits on the Home Monetary Providers Committee, slammed Robinhood for favoring the pursuits of the extremely rich on the expense of bizarre traders.

“That is unacceptable. We now have to know extra about @RobinhoodApp ’s determination to dam retail traders from buying inventory whereas hedge funds are freely in a position to commerce the inventory as they see match.”

The stay stream, hosted on Ocasio-Cortez’s private Twitch channel, was solely introduced just a few hours earlier and drew greater than 300,000 viewers.

Throughout the hour lengthy occasion, Ocasio-Cortez took within the opinions of visitors whereas contributing her personal ideas on Robinhood, their current actions and the backlash that ensued. She additionally supplied commentary on finest strategy regulatory points surrounding finance and inventory buying and selling:

“There are elementary questions we have now to reply: how do you really shift energy again into the arms of on a regular basis folks? In the end that is what that is about.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s first visitor was Markets Weekly creator Alexis Goldstein, who was one of many first to report on Robinhood’s shutdown of GME commerce.

She stated establishments will at all times have a “systemic benefit” over retail traders, however that regulators are able to assist even the enjoying subject. She added that regulators ought to first look at whether or not fintech firms like Robinhood are “doing proper by their prospects,” after which concentrate on altering the dangerous incentives society has arrange:

“How can we need to design our economic system? Can we need to incentivize individuals who research science to jot down buying and selling algorithms as a result of it’s a extra profitable commerce? Sadly, the best way we incentivize folks proper now could be by rewarding them for making rich folks more cash.”

Ocasio-Cortez was additionally joined by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian who defined the origins of r/WallStreetBets, describing how a lot of the analysis on GameStop that snowballed right into a social motion was carried out by “one intelligent one who shared their work with the world.”

Ohanian additionally stated that the mix of technological breakthroughs with a brand new period of financial strife will encourage “extra of a push to decentralization,” and that there’ll quickly be “increasingly vitality to search out decentralized options.”

The worth of GME closed the buying and selling day at $193.60 per share, down 44% from its opening value. It has since moved again as much as $311.99 throughout after-hours buying and selling, representing a achieve of 61%.