Moral of GameStop Tale: ‘People Are Allowed to Pay Stupid Prices’

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    The drama surrounding GameStop Corp. and other high-flying stocks targeted by social media-influenced traders has triggered a debate about behavior in markets and what regulators should do about it.

    Larry Tabb, the head of market-structure research at Bloomberg Intelligence, joins the latest episode of the “What Goes Up” podcast to discuss this issue, as well as the role clearing firms played in causing Robinhood and other brokerages to restrict trading in certain stocks.

    Here’s one highlight of the conversation, about how and if the market should be changed to prevent this type of wild price action:

    “I’m not sure you want to do anything there. I’m not sure there’s massive amounts of change I would make. People are allowed to pay stupid prices for things. You know, you go into the local convenience store. Milk is three times what it costs in the supermarket. Are you not supposed to be able to charge that actually in the stock market? It’s way better than that, because you can go to any one of the 16 exchanges, you’ll all pay the same price. So, so I’m not sure there’s a ton of stuff to do.”

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