“Social trading” seeks inclusion, highlights regulatory grey area (Yahoo! Finance)

Retail investors relying on “social trading” platforms are looking for ways to level the playing field with hedge funds and other sophisticated money managers. While social trading seeks to benefit from the transparency of sharing ideas and digital engagement practices (DEP) via various platforms, for regulators it hinges on the question of what constitutes a…

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$20,000 “sweepstakes” style promotion to draw eyes of regulators (Law360)

A push by Robinhood to attract college students to its platform by offering cash giveaways is likely to create greater scrutiny by regulators. The SEC is already looking into the regulatory implications of the “gamification” impact with online trading platforms. Now with Robinhood’s new marketing strategy targeting traditionally less sophisticated and lower income college students,…

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