GameStop Frenzy, Archegos Meltdown May Prompt New SEC Rules, Chairman Says

Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sec-studying-whether-new-rules-are-needed-for-apps-that-gamify-trading-chairman-says-11620239971

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In testimony prepared for the House Financial Services Committee, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler says brokerages that “gamify” trading — by using appealing visual graphics to reward a user’s decision to trade, for instance — may encourage frequent trading that results in worse outcomes for investors. Some Democratic lawmakers have blamed gamification for the boom in individual trading that helped drive the rise in GameStop shares.

Mr. Gensler, who will appear before lawmakers on Thursday, also said the SEC would study regulatory changes in response to the March blowup of Archegos Capital Management, an unregulated family-investment vehicle of hedge-fund veteran Bill Hwang whose leverage-fueled bets led to more than $10 billion in losses at major global banks.

Author(s): Dave Michaels, Alexander Osipovich

Publication Date: 5 May 2021

Publication Site: Wall Street Journal

SEC to Review Disclosure Rules in Wake of Archegos, GameStop: Report

Link: https://www.fundfire.com/c/3147224/396504/review_disclosure_rules_wake_archegos_gamestop_report

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a tightening of disclosure requirements for investment firms following the collapse of Archegos Capital Management and the GameStop trading frenzy, people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg.

Officials at the SEC, now being led by Gary Gensler, who was confirmed as chairman of the regulator last week, want to increase transparency of the derivative trading that led to the implosion of Archegos, Bill Hwang’s family office, the people say.

Lawmakers have also heaped pressure on the agency as they seek more transparency about who is shorting stocks following the GameStop debacle.

Author(s): Kathleen Laverty

Publication Date: 22 April 2021

Publication Site: fundFire

Goldman, Morgan Stanley Limit Losses With Fast Sale of Archegos Assets

Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/goldman-morgan-limit-losses-with-fast-sale-of-archegos-assets-11617062028?mod=djemwhatsnews

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The steep losses at Archegos come as a council of top U.S. regulators known as the Financial Stability Oversight Council is already scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss hedge-fund activity during the pandemic-triggered crisis. The meeting is the first for the risk council during the Biden administration, which has pledged to scrutinize financial weaknesses revealed by the pandemic-triggered market tumult from March 2020. The council is made up of the heads of the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and other agencies.

Mr. Dweck, the consultant, pointed to a case that many on Wall Street are hearing echoes of this week: Long-Term Capital Management, a massive hedge fund that blew up in 1998. Firms learned the full extent of the hedge fund’s problems only when government officials summoned them to Long-Term’s offices to pore over its records, he said.

“The upshot is, you’re going to have stuff like this happen,” Mr. Dweck said.

Author(s): Maureen Farrell, Margot Patrick, Juliet Chung

Publication Date: 30 March 2021

Publication Site: Wall Street Journal