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Class-action suit filed against Robinhood app for blocking trading of GameStop, other stocks

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A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday against the stock-trading app Robinhood for preventing its users from freely buying stock in GameStop amid the ongoing situation with the declining video game retailer and its dramatically changing stock price.

The complaint—filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York—claims that, because “Robinhood purposefully, willfully, and knowingly removing the stock ‘GME’ [GameStop] from its trading platform in the midst of an unprecedented stock rise,” the online brokerage firm “thereby deprived retail investors of the ability to invest in the open-market and manipulating the open-market.”

As part of the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are requesting an immediate injunction mandating Robinhood to reinstate GME on its trading platform.

At the time of publication, Robinhood has not issued a statement about the lawsuit.

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Earlier on Thursday, Robinhood prevented users from purchasing new stock in GameStop, AMC, and Blackberry but has allowed users to close out existing securities.

“In light of current market volatility, we are restricting transactions for certain securities to position closing only, including $AMC and $GME,” the company tweeted Thursday, with a link to a statement. While the tweet at the time of publication has a little of 6,000 likes, that number is astronomically dwarfed by the 58,000 comments and the roughly 25,000 retweets.

Earlier this week, other trading platforms like TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab restricted the trading of shares such as GameStop and AMC, which has also been struggling to stay afloat amid shifts in the film industry toward streaming services.

To briefly explain the situation, GameStop’s stock price has shot up dramatically over the course of more than a week due to users on the Reddit community r/WallStreetBets encouraging other individual investors on the subreddit to purchase stock in the fledgling video game vendor through equities and calls.

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Notably, politicians on both extremes of the ideological spectrum have come out in support of Congress looking into Robinhood restricting trading for its users, saying that it’s hypocritical that hedge funds can still trade as they wish, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Federal Reserve Economist on hidden camera: ‘we don’t want Trump to be in the government’

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Hidden Camera captures Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve talking about Jerome Powell’s legacy as “somebody who held the line against like, Trump.” According to hidden camera footage of Aurel Hizmo, principal economist at the Federal Reserve, the U.S. agency could have fixed inflation a while ago but refused to do so for fear of hurting President Joe Biden’s re-election efforts.

Hizmo told an undercover reporter that the Fed stopped raising the rates to tackle inflation because it could cause a recession that would likely end Biden’s 2024 campaign.

The influential agency responsible for maintaining a stable monetary system appears to not just be establishing interest rates, but to be setting policies for desired social outcomes. “Under Powell, the Fed has changed to think about equity issues, like racial issues, think about wealth inequality as part of the mandate, as part of the things we are following. Think about climate change.” Aurel Hizmo, Principal Economist at the Federal Reserve, who prior to working at the Fed was an Assistant Professor helps write speeches for Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell for the Federal Open Market Committee.

Hizmo says “Trump is just a crazy person” and conservatives are “dumb” as he describes to OMG’s American Swiper Citizen Journalist a politicized Federal Reserve Board where Powell has promoted ESG issues like climate change and “wants to be remembered in history” “as a savior.” But shhh…don’t tell anyone because Hizmo says: “I’m just really worried that I’m saying stuff that’s classified…It’s all classified.”

 

 

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