TLDR: Hedge Funds used user data, from Robinhood and other "free" brokers, to coordinate a massive sell off and balance out some of their dark pool settlements with STOP LOSS. HEDGE FUNDS ARE USING YOUR DATA FOR IN REAL-TIME MANIPULATION OF THE MARKET!
Since last Friday I have noticed a pattern with the price of GME going up and dipping down(ladder attacks) at certain hours and for certain length of time. This has been so consistent, I was able to call out to the minute when it would happen, even yesterday's crash. You can see my post history on this. I was also suspicious of what this would ultimately mean(an hour prior to the crash). I just wasn't able to foresee one aspect of it. The end goal, and later on how it worked so well to crash the prices. I posted that the hedge funds and brokers would have to settle their T+2 and 10 day delay settlements(from Feb 26) by Wednesday, and that the price of the stock would rise by a lot. The DTCC changes are forcing these brokers and hedge funds to balance their books to avoid huge security depository costs or being drop off the NCSS list. To do this, the HF and brokers would need to minimize their dark pool shares by buying real shares at at loss. However they were not about to take a massive loss through a short/gamma squeeze. To minimize their losses, they needed to lower the price of the shares during their buy backs. For the past few days, they have been doing small short attacks to lower the price to keep themselves in the ITM and replacing those dark pool shares with real shares at a loss. So when you see those large bumps in prices at 11:15 to 12:15 and 3:45 to 4:00, those purchases are from the HF closing their shorts.
The HFs have been doing this to also create a pattern recognition for the retailers. The consistency was too simple for anyone to NOT notice it and not want to get in on the action. The trade volumes have been increasing during the "manipulation period" for the past week. The psychological term for this is Priming. Creating an artificial 3rd party confirmation bias. People who work at HFs are some of the smartest people in the world. They know what they are doing and most importantly, know how to manipulate. The main reason they can do this is because they have the number one weapon to do so. USER DATA. Brokers like RobinHood gives your user data to hedge funds and market-makers at real time. THEY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRADING. They know HOW you are trading. And the... keep reading on reddit ➡
Welcome to Max the Min Monday! The post series where we take some of Paizo’s weakest, most poorly optimized options and see what the best things we can do with them are using 1st party Pathfinder materials!
What happened last time? Last week we discussed Troth of the Forgotten Pharoah. We discussed using followers, canaries, familiars, undead, basically anyone who wasn't us to take the feat and blow themselves up while we watched. Then there were builds where we blew ourselves up, comboing with necklaces of fireballs, Linnorm Death Curse rage powers, and more! Honestly, last week was a good week, I'm proud of all the ridiculous ideas we came up with, so highly encourage reading back if you haven't.
This Week’s Challenge
This week, I arbitrarily choose u/ForwardDiscussion's nomination of the Steal Combat Maneuver. Honestly, it is overdue.
Right off the bat, Steal suffers the downfalls of all combat maneuvers. If you don't invest a feat into it, it provokes an AoO event to attempt. The tactic can scale with feats, but unlike grapple or trip it has a lot less attention given to it, so the pickings are slimmer.
Then we get to the issues of steal itself. It is one of the maneuvers that requires a standard action, so you aren't able to replace attacks with it like disarm or trip and do it multiple times. You have to have a hand free to even attempt, so attempting a steal means no shield or second weapon for you. And then there is the question of what do you steal? You have to declare it beforehand, and if it is weilded, stashed in a bag, or "worn closely" (which is largely up to GM discretion but explicitly includes armor, boots, backbacks, clothing, and rings) then the object is straight up immune to steal. Furthermore, anything fastened yet still legal to take gets a +5 bonus to the CMD you need to overcome. This means that the list of what you can take is small, your chance of success is smaller than it would be to do other maneuvers, and the items you could potentially get are probably not the most amazing stuff. Sure, nabbing a cure critical wounds potion off the BBEG's belt would be satisfying, but wouldn't it be better to disarm that amazing magical sword away from him? Or better yet. . . try to kill him so you can just loot the corpse?
Honestly, I've... keep reading on reddit ➡