FILE - Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Followers of YouTube personality Roaring Kitty, inspired by his enthusiasm for buying stock in the underdog retailer GameStop, made him an icon in the social media frenzy that shocked Wall Street. But what’s been a big victory for 34-year-old Keith Gill could lead to heartbreak and hardship for followers who jumped on the bandwagon and took risky bets on GameStop’s rollercoaster ride in the stock market. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

A man who became a pivotal piece in GameStop’s frenzy in stock trading in late January is the subject of a class-action lawsuit. The plaintiffs accuse Keith Gill, known as Roaring Kitty  Roaring Kitty on YouTube, of tricking retail investors into buying inflated stocks while hiding his sophisticated financial history. Gill has downplayed his impact and denies breaking the law. Gill testified Thursday before a US Congressional committee at a hearing on what happened to Reddit, Robinhood, and the shares of GameStop and other companies in late January. The idea that I used social media to promote GameStop shares to unaware investors is ridiculous Gill noted in his testimony.

I was very clear in stating that my channel was for educational purposes only and that my aggressive investing style was probably not suitable for the majority of people who watch the channel.”But who is this man who has generated so much attention in recent days? Roaring kitten”Keith Gill, who goes by the nicknames DeepFuckingValue on Reddit and Roaring Kitty on YouTube and Twitter, is a 34-year-old American financial analyst and investor known for his posts on the Reddit subgroup wallstreetbets. Gill is licensed as a broker and specializes in equity market analysis.

Speaking this Thursday before the Financial Services Committee of the US House of Representatives, Gill spoke of his humble origins and said that his foray into the world of the stock market arose from purely personal curiosity. After graduating in 2009, amidst the global financial crisis, Gill explained that between 2010 and 2017 he had intermittent jobs combined with periods in which he was unemployed. In 2019, the great opportunity came when he was hired by Mass Mutual, a company in which he worked until his resignation on January 28.

Gill’s posts on financial market networks have been described as “candid and spreadsheet-filled” and he himself warns on his YouTube channel: “I am not offering personal investment advice or stock market recommendations in this broadcast.”This warning has not prevented him from being involved in the GameStop plot. Earning with GameStop In June 2019, Gill began to pay attention to GameStop, a company that he believed had great potential and whose shares he considered were undervalued.

That’s When Gill Bought Shares In The Company At $ 5 A Share.

In his appearance on Thursday, the financial analyst indicated that, at that time, he thought that GameStop shares should be worth between the US $ 20-US $ 25.His analyzes of GameStop stock and its potential earnings posted on Reddit and YouTube were cited by many as one of the triggers for the video game store chain’s stock surge in late January and as the spark for the subsequent madness. stock market.

As of January 27, according to screenshots he shared on Reddit, Gill’s original investment of $ 53,000 was valued at nearly $ 48 million. The stock’s value continued to fluctuate wildly, Gill lost $ 15 million in one day and, at the close of the markets on January 29, The Wall Street Journal confirmed that his brokerage accounts amounted to $ 33 million . In an interview with that newspaper, Gill said that he is not “an agitator to attack the system, but someone who believes that investors can find value in unwanted stocks.

What they accuse him ofGill is accused of using social media to boost GameStop shares from $ 20 worth of early January to more than $ 400 in just two weeks. This violated security laws against market manipulation, according to the lawsuit filed by Christian Lovin, a Washington state resident who bought GameStop stock. In his defense, Gill insists that he used publicly available information to determine that GameStop was undervalued and that he shared this opinion with a tiny group of followers on social media before the huge increase in the value of the stock.

It explained why I found the investment in GameStop attractive as I would in bar conversations with friends, he alleges. The lawsuit also named Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co and it’s subsidiary MML Investors Services, where Gill worked until January 28, as defendants. The company told Massachusetts regulators that it was not aware of Gill’s outside activities. Hearing in CongressGill responded to questions from US lawmakers on Thursday about what happened to Reddit.

Also participatedVlad Tenev, co-founder and CEO of Robinhood, the investment platform that restricted the purchase of GameStop shares during the maddening rise in value
Gabriel Plotkin, founder, and chief investment officer of the hedge fund Melvin Capital
Steve Hoffman, director, and co-founder of RedditWhat happened with GameStop was hailed as a victory for the common people against the big hedge funds or hedge funds on Wall Street that were betting against GameStop and other companies in financial difficulties. Speaking to Congress, Gill reiterated that he did not cause.