Business & Leadership

The GameStop Short Squeeze and Its Risks to Our Economy

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In this seminar, a panel of experts explain why prices and volumes in GameStop skyrocketed and how this extraordinary event will affect trading and the economy going forward. The seminar addresses the price manipulation, the certain loss that many retail investors will face, the anger young traders have towards hedge funds, how brokers handled the episode, and its long-term impact on our capital markets and economy.

Featuring Albert “Pete” Kyle, Charles E. Smith Chair in Finance and Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business; Terrance Odean, the Rudd Family Foundation Chair and professor of finance, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; Paul Brody, chief financial officer, treasurer, secretary and director, InteractiveBrokers; and Feifei Li, partner, head of equities, Research Affiliates. Moderated by USC Marshall School of Business Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance and professor of finance and business economics Lawrence Harris.

Who Will Benefit

– Those hoping to understand what occurred during the 2021 GameStop short squeeze
– Investors and financial professionals seeking insight on how the event will affect trading in the future
– Those wanting to learn how technology has transformed stock purchasing

About Our Featured Faculty

Lawrence Harris holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance and is professor of finance and business economics at the USC Marshall School of Business. His research, teaching and consulting address regulatory and practitioner issues in trading and investment management. He authored Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners, a widely regarded “must read” for entrants into the securities industry. Professor Harris served as SEC chief economist from 2002-2004. He currently serves as lead independent director of Interactive Brokers (IBKR), director of the Selected Funds and research coordinator of the Q-Group. Dr. Harris received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, and is a CFA charterholder.