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SEC: GameStop trading frenzy ‘tested the capacity of our markets’

The 45-page report listed key areas that merit further investigation.

A trading app shows shares of GameStop during the January rally.

The SEC released its much awaited report on the GameStop trading frenzy.

Photo: Clay Banks/Unsplash

The Securities and Exchange Commission said the January GameStop trading frenzy "tested the capacity and resiliency of our securities market in a way that few could have anticipated," as the agency released its much awaited report on the incident.


"GameStop was just one of many so-called meme stocks that exhibited significant price volatility, trading volume and attention in the markets," SEC Chair Gary Gensler said in a video announcing the release of the report Monday afternoon.

The controversial trades offered "an opportunity to study how we can further ensure that the markets are working for everyday investors," he said.

The 45-page report listed key areas that merit further investigation, including "events that may have caused brokerage firms to restrict trading" and "the use of predictive data analytics to market to each of us differently through digital engagement practices," otherwise known as gamification.

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