What Happened: The company announced this today in a tweet, citing “extreme volatility.”
Due to extreme volatility, and to prioritise the service we give our existing clients, we are not allowing any new positions to be opened on the US stocks GameStop and AMC Entertainment.
These restrictions will be reviewed regularly.
— IG (@IGcom) January 30, 2021
Why It Matters: IG is the latest platform to use these restrictions.
Robinhood did so on Thursday and immediately got hit with blowback far and wide. This forced it to have to explain in a blog post last night that its decision had to do with avoiding a breach of its deposit requirements with clearinghouses — not part of a conspiracy to soak everyday traders at the behest of powerful Wall Street interests.
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