Gary Gensler, the newly installed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is hinting at new potential regulation following the GameStop saga.
In prepared remarks to be delivered at a hearing on Thursday, Gensler said the SEC is "vigorously reviewing" the GameStop situation for potential violations and he has directed staff to consider whether "expanded enforcement mechanisms are necessary."
In particular, Gensler called out the "gamification" of mobile trading apps, an obvious reference to Robinhood. The SEC chief said regulators must make sure investors are being appropriately protected and rules match current technologies.
"If we don't address this now, the investing public -- those saving for their futures, retirements and education -- may shoulder a burden later," he wrote.
Gensler also questioned whether there are "inherent conflicts of interest" behind payment for order flow, the controversial practice that paved the way for zero-commission trading. He noted neither the United Kingdom nor Canada allow brokers to route retail orders in exchange for payment.
The SEC chief noted the rising market share of Citadel Securities and warned that market concentration can lead to "fragility" and other problems.
Gensler also said the SEC will consider new disclosure rules around the derivatives that masked the staggering size of the positions amassed by Archegos Capital Management, a little-known hedge fund that imploded in March.