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Gamestop’s market adventure and Robinhood’s dramatic reset spark US, EU regulatory concerns
05 March 2021 00:00
The rollercoaster ride that shares of GameStop went on earlier this year had little to do with the value of the US videogame and electronics retailer and more to do with a “short squeeze” — a buying frenzy designed to hurt those who had bet on the share value going down. The unusual move was orchestrated by members of a Reddit community and led to the controversial move by the go-to app used by small-time investors, Robinhood, to suspend trading as it built up cash reserves. The controversy has sparked a discussion on both sides of the Atlantic about what regulatory measures are needed to manage these new challenges.
US stock-market volatility & the rise of easy-to-use online brokerages are causing EU regulators to look at tweaking the bloc's rulebook.
Large online platforms could be held responsible for hosting misleading financial-market information or abuse, EU regulators have suggested.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Neil Roland Senior Correspondent
Neil has covered U.S. financial regulation for over two decades, mostly for Bloomberg and Crain Communications. He received a Loeb award for coverage of regulators' response to the collapse of Enron. He also garnered a SABEW award and some Jesse H. Neal awards for stories on the Federal Reserve's response to the 2008 financial crisis. Roland has appeared as a commentator on Fox TV, NPR, C-Span and Bloomberg TV. He received a Master's degree in... Read more