Meme stocks and the Reddit mob

Tuesday 05 October 2021 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Webinar

This session is brought to you by CFA UK's Ethics Steering Committee

Triggered by posts on Reddit, a short squeeze of epic proportions involving stocks of the American video game retailer GameStop unfolded in January. Other “Meme Stocks” (e.g., AMC Entertainment Holdings) as well as cryptocurrencies and metals futures, have experienced similarly dramatic price moves that were at least in part driven by the “Reddit Mob” this year.

While being applauded by some as a means to level the playing field between retail investors and sophisticated hedge funds, concerted investment actions steered by social media platforms raise many ethical questions:

  • Do short sellers deserve protection?
  • Is the Reddit Mob fighting for a just cause?
  • Is this blatant market manipulation for the benefit of a few?
  • How can retail investors be protected from gambling with over-hyped Meme Stocks?
  • What are the implications for market integrity?
  • Is faith in functioning capital markets being eroded?

Please join CFA UK's Ethics Steering Committee and well regarded panel who will be debating key questions like these in this lively webinar.

Where recordings are made, these are a member benefit that are accessed through the member-only platform, CFA UK Discover.


Registration: 16:55

Event: 17:00 - 18:00

CPD Points: 1.00


Marshall, Bailey, OBE, CFA, Chairman, MUFG Securities EMEA 

Marshall Bailey, CFA, has substantial experience of leading complex international committees and boards. His background spans a range of sectors, including banking and capital markets, insurance, and regulation. His career spans over 30 years on three continents. In June 2018 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to financial services, and to charity. He cares passionately for financial literacy, market confidence, and good outcomes for investors.

Marshall Bailey is Chairman of MUFG Securities EMEA and Chair of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, as appointed by the FCA and Bank of England, and serves on the board of CFA Institute. In the past he has been Chairman of CIBC World Markets Plc in London, a representative of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) on the board of the largest bank in the Kingdom, National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, where he was Chair the Group Risk Committee, announcing a $15 billion merger with Samba Financial Group.

Kurt Schacht, CFA, Head of global policy and advocacy, CFA Institute 

Kurt Schacht is Head of CFA Institute’s global policy and advocacy group based in Washington D.C. and serves as the Executive Director of the CFA Institute Systemic Risk Council. During his CFA tenure he has been responsible for oversight of CFA Institute’s global policy research, standards, and government relations with offices in London, Brussels, and Hong Kong, including CFA Institute Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®), and the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code and one of its flagship publications, the Financial Analysts Journal.

Prior to joining CFA Institute, he served as chief operating officer for a mutual fund complex, general counsel and coo for a Manhattan based hedge fund, and as deputy director/chief legal officer for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB).  He is an expert on investment management practice and regulation, corporate governance, and financial reporting practice standards.

Algy Hall, Associate Editor, Investors' Chronicle magazine

Algy Hall is an Associate Editor of the Investors' Chronicle magazine. He edits the magazine's weekly ideas section and writes its stock screening column. He began his career in financial journalism in 1998 writing for Investment Trust Newsletter. He assisted the founding of financial publisher Citywire where he worked until joining Investors' Chronicle in 2006. He is 2021's CFA UK's journalist of the year.

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