Article: Chat room messages are ‘smoking gun’ in $25 million Merrill CFTC spoofing penalty

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Chat room messages are ‘smoking gun’ in $25 million Merrill CFTC spoofing penalty

Todd Ehret

Reuters, 17 July 2019

The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last month chalked up another impressive settlement over the market manipulation tactic known as “spoofing.” The $25 million penalty for Merrill Lynch Commodities in the case is the second largest related to spoofing.

Like many of the prior cases, where the firms cooperated with the investigations and were given credit for doing so, the proverbial “smoking gun” in the case was the record of online chat rooms where traders discussed markets, prices, and their strategies and actions.

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