There’s a Plot to Suck in More Retail Traders at the Top of a Bubble Market

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Wall Street on Parade

At both the March 9 Senate Banking Committee and March 17 House Financial Services Committee hearings on the conflicts with Robinhood and Citadel in trading small investors’ shares in GameStop and other meme stocks, the same witness was called by the Republican side of the Committees. His name is Michael Piwowar.

In Piwowar’s opening statements to both Committees, he introduced himself as the Executive Director of the think tank, the Milken Institute, and a former Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He apparently supplied this same information to the Chairs of both Committees because that is also how Senate Banking Chair Sherrod Brown and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters introduced Piwowar.

What was not disclosed for the public record at either hearing is the fact that Piwowar is also being paid as a Senior Advisor to a Wall Street trading firm called GTS. Wall Street On Parade verified that information with GTS. Piwowar has served as a Senior Advisor to GTS from March 2019 to the present, according to the company.

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