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The jury is out on this trade

Pelosi’s stock trades often come under scrutiny because, quite simply, she’s made a lot of money from trading during her time in Congress.

Together with her venture capitalist husband, Paul, Pelosi has netted millions of dollars in profit from buying call options on other blue-chip stocks such as Salesforce (CRM), Google (GOOGL), Roblox (RBLX) and Disney (DIS).

Some have accused the high-profile lawmaker of using her connections and insider information to time the market and score winning deals.

But the jury is out on this Nvidia trade.

Yes, there is the usual chorus of critics screaming “INSIDER TRADING!” But there is also a large collective commending the congresswoman for her “buying strength.”

In a Reddit thread about the Unusual Whales revelation, one user noted: “You prove absolutely nothing by this trade. There was zero alpha generated. There was nothing suspicious about the timing. Anybody that has a brokerage account with options can buy the same calls for leverage.”

Another user, who claims to be “all for banning congresspeople trading stocks,” said, “Buying the hottest stock (or call on said stock) on the planet at a random time does not indicate insider trading at all.”

Nvidia stock surged by 244% over the last 12 months. Thanks to high demand for its chips used in AI computing, Nvidia now has a market value of more than $1.3 trillion, leaving it less than $250 billion shy of Amazon (AMZN).

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Stock trading in Congress

Pelosi’s active trading continues to grind lawmaker’s gears. And it’s not just Pelosi raking in the big bucks from well-timed trades.

Of the 100 trading members of Congress in 2023, 33% beat the S&P 500 (SPY) with their portfolios, according to Unusual Whales — with four politicians (Brian Higgins D-NY, Mark Green R-TN, Garret Graves R-LA and David Rouzer R-NC) achieving over 100% gains. That is dramatic in comparison to the S&P 500’s 24.8% gain.

In recent years, there has been a growing movement in Washington to ban members of Congress from trading stocks and to stifle any possible corruption and conflicts of interest among lawmakers.

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Bethan Moorcraft is a reporter for Moneywise with experience in news editing and business reporting across international markets.

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