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GameStop Explained: A New Form Of Impact Investing?

As GameStop’s share price falls back down, Business Because has asked business school professors whether Wall Street Bets’ bid to take on the establishment could be the start of a new impact investing social movement. 

Johan Hombert, professor of finance at HEC Paris, believes that day trading may have had its day. Ultimately, short term trading is a zero-sum game. “When one of the traders is an individual investor and the other trader is a hedge fund, guess what happens. Hedge funds have more resources and better information, so they are better able to predict short-term movements in stock prices,” he says. “As a result, more often than not, retail day traders' losses are hedge funds' gains."