GameStop and the Final Fantasy of Products

Jan 29, 2021 9:01 pm

Hi there,

So I think pretty much everyone knows something about the GameStop stock thing. I have to say it was an obsession all week of mine and how timely that I just read two books on investing just recently!

A quick explanation on what is happening. Big investment groups took short positions on a GameStop, and on Monday they have to pay back their shorts. If shorts are confusing, imagine me borrowing your car and selling it to someone that wants it today. I owe you a car, but I'm sure I can buy the same car for cheaper somewhere else. I get to keep the money I made on the first sale, and you get a car back. This scheme only works if I can get a cheaper car and sucks for me if I can't.

Well, Monday these companies find out that if they can get cheaper GameStop stock or they pay back more.

The frenzy is a result of people shorted GameStop to 140% of its stock. People on reddit saw that and knew what it meant. Then GameStop hired a new CEO and announced a new strategy. This was a perfect mixing of factors where people on reddit realized the stock would go up, and if they started buying they could accelerate and force a moment where the price would skyrocket. This is called a squeeze.

I don't have anywhere to go with this, but one thing I was paying attention to is all of this detail is interesting mechanics, and is missing one ingredient. How people will react with other forces.

I was sure that people would try to stop this from happening, but I wasn't sure how or when.

It turns out it is happening on multiple fronts. Trading platforms like RobinHood are stopping purchases and sales. Wall-Street halted trading numerous times.

This is a lot closer to the point. When people have something to lose they will act. The mechanics aren't enough. The same is true in every company.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see the repercussions of this, including if the other companies that have been identified in a similar position will experience a similar burst of activity.

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I hope you're well, and I'll talk with you soon!

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