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Type Bachelor's Thesis
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title The battle of GameStop: Reddit versus Wall Street Analysis of different theories aiming to explain the GameStop short squeeze
Organization Unit
  • Jan Thalmann
  • Benjamin Wilding
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Faculty Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
Number of Pages 54
Date 2022
Abstract Text This paper examines the different explanations describing the GameStop short squeeze in January 2021. Firstly, this thesis characterizes textbook-likes short squeezes and gives a detailed overview of the events leading up to the short squeeze including financial datapoints based on the SEC’s staff report. Next academic research is outlined and grouped in the following baskets: (1) retail investor sentiments and coordination and (2) market contagion and regulatory implications. An analysis yields that researchers mostly agree on the uniqueness of this particular squeeze including zero-commission platforms, social media engagement. They however disagree on its impact on financial markets and regulatory implications.
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