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EVERYTHING YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE GAMESTOP THING EXPLAINED BY SOMEBODY WHO PROBABLY UNDERSTANDS IT LESS
In truth, it's only been within the past five days, since the GameStop saga has come to the foreview, that I've found myself at something of a disadvantage.
As I understand it - or think I do, in the broadest terms - the big-potatoes rich Wall Street hedge fund investors (aka those who didn't need their government stimulus checks) who had been in the process of manipulating GameStop stock in order to make it lose money for a profit for themselves - shorting, as this tactic is called - lost a ton of money collectively, while the small-potatoes amateur traders (aka those who did need their government stimulus checks), using a phone app called Robinhood, joined together, bought up huge shares of GameStop, drove up the price of the company's stock, and made a ton of money collectively while sticking it to the rich hedge fund short-stocking investors, the sticking-it-to-the-rich aspect of the deal apparently being more the point than the money made.
Or, as this meme so succinctly illustrates it:
The only player that seems unaffected by the event is...GameStop. The company was apparently on the verge of going out of business, which is why, though its stocks were worth only a few dollars a share, the Wall Street hedge funders were forcing its price even lower. But by the time the Robinhood traders had bought up the stock it was worth over $400 a share, as illustrated in this graph of the GameStop stock trajectory:
Which begs the question: All right, I guess I don't even know what the question it begs is. Okay, maybe the question goes something like this: Can a thing that doesn't really exist generate and lose money?
Or is that what the whole stock-market-investing-hedge-fund-trading thing is really all about?
Stay tuned: Tomorrow (aka next time) I'll explain everything I likewise don't understand about shorting stocks.