RGM Communications Archive on Naked Short Selling
Accessed via Wayback, 31 January 2001 – 31 March 2014
Listed below are a large number of public information articles and reports detailing the brokerage houses, market makers and the conduct of the main “street” characters engaged in the illegal practice of “naked short selling”, “death-spiral financing”, “failure to delivers (FTDs)” and/or stock fraud. This page is a resource for anyone wishing to educate themselves regarding the depth and breath of these illegal activities. Please note that some of the articles may have been added out of time sequence because they were discovered weeks or months after publication. All the dates are, to the best of our knowledge, when they came into the public domain.
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Swiss probe banks over foreign exchange market
BBC News, 31 March 2014
RBS, Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse, Zuercher Kantonal Bank, Julius Baer, JP Morgan and Citigroup are being probed by Swiss competition commission, Weko.
“Evidence exists that these banks colluded to manipulate exchange rates in foreign currency trades,” Weko said.
The regulator opened a preliminary investigation last October. Weko said the information it had so far suggested that most important exchange rates are affected.
Authorities worldwide are investigating allegations that some foreign exchange traders have colluded in setting certain key exchange rates in the foreign exchange market, resulting in big profits. Continue reading “Article: Swiss probe banks over foreign exchange market”
OVERSTOCK CEO PATRICK BYRNE TO KEYNOTE BITCOIN 2014 CONFERENCE PRODUCED BY LOCAL PRODUCER
LOCAL PRODUCER, 27 March 2014
Overstock.com CEO and bitcoin convert Patrick M Byrne will deliver the keynote speech at the Bitcoin 2014 conference on 15th-17th May at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.
He is expected to speak about his vision for the future of bitcoin; its potential for global financial inclusion; non-currency uses like proving ownership of stocks and bonds; and the network’s relation to society as a whole.
Jon Matonis, executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, said:
“We are delighted to have one of bitcoin’s most prominent and prescient champions at our conference. Patrick’s decision to accept bitcoin has introduced it to mainstream society and increased understanding among consumers.”
He added: “It’s going to be a great event; this conference is where visionary technology and mainstream commerce intersects.” Continue reading “Article: OVERSTOCK CEO PATRICK BYRNE TO KEYNOTE BITCOIN 2014 CONFERENCE PRODUCED BY LOCAL PRODUCER”
S2014 E1: To Catch a Trader
FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading, drawing on exclusively obtained video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders.
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SEC Strikes Again With New SAC Insider Trading Charge
Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against yet another former SAC Capital analyst for insider trading, suggesting that the government is not done with its investigation of Steven Cohen’s hedge fund.
Background of the Case
In its recent complaint, the SEC alleged that Ronald N. Dennis, a former analyst at SAC affiliate CR Intrinsic Investors, traded on material nonpublic information he received from two other hedge fund analysts in the shares of Dell (DELL) and Foundry Networks (BRCD) during 2008 and 2009.
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Benitec: The Health Payer’s Dream Biotech
Pannobhaso, 12 March 2014
When it comes to forecasting the size of the market for drugs to treat various diseases, the estimates for the same disease can seem to fluctuated wildly depending on the model used and the timeframe of the forecast. However, one thing that is fairly consistent is that for many of the major diseases, these forecasts involve big numbers – billions of dollars. However, as a guide to pharmaceutical earnings, these forecasts are meaningless if health payers cannot afford the costs. Continue reading “Article: Benitec: The Health Payer’s Dream Biotech”
Barclays, Deutsche Bank Accused of Gold Fix Manipulation
Better Markets, 07 March 2014
“Barclays Plc (BARC), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) and three other banks were accused in a lawsuit of manipulating the London gold fix, a benchmark used throughout the $20 trillion market for the metal.”
“Kevin Maher, a New York resident who said he bought and sold gold and gold futures and options, sued yesterday in Manhattan federal court claiming the five banks overseeing the century-old benchmark colluded to manipulate it.” Continue reading “Article: Barclays, Deutsche Bank Accused of Gold Fix Manipulation”
Which short-selling regulation is the least damaging to market efficiency? Evidence from Europe
Oscar Bernal, Astrid Herinckx, Ariane Szafarz
International Review of Law and Economics, 1 March 2014
Exploiting cross-sectional and time-series variations in European regulations during the July 2008–June 2009 period, we show that: (1) prohibition on covered short selling raises bid-ask spread and reduces trading volume, (2) prohibition on naked short selling raises both volatility and bid-ask spread, (3) disclosure requirements raise volatility and reduce trading volume, and (4) no regulation is effective against price decline. Overall, all short-sale regulations harm market efficiency. However, naked short-selling prohibition is the only regulation that leaves volumes unchanged while addressing the failure to deliver. Therefore, we argue that this is the least damaging to market efficiency.
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