What is market manipulation?
Thomas Dixon, 25 May 2021
“The market is manipulated by big sharks.”
“The price isn’t moving when it should be.”
And a lot more. That’s how people on the internet speak about stock manipulation or market manipulation. But, what is it, really?
What is manipulation?
Psychologically speaking, manipulation is a form of social control that uses indirect, misleading, or underhanded techniques to alter the behavior or opinion of others. Such tactics could be called exploitative and devious since they further the manipulator’s objectives at the cost of others. Continue reading “Article: What is market manipulation?”
Binance Faces Probe by U.S. Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths
Tom Schoenberg, 13 May 2021
Binance Holdings Ltd. is under investigation by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service, ensnaring the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange in U.S. efforts to root out illicit activity that’s thrived in the red-hot but mostly unregulated market.
As part of the inquiry, officials who probe money laundering and tax offenses have sought information from individuals with insight into Binance’s business, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential. Led by Changpeng Zhao, a charismatic tech executive who relishes promoting tokens on Twitter and in media interviews, Binance has leap-frogged rivals since he co-founded it in 2017. Continue reading “Article: Binance Faces Probe by U.S. Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths”
CFTC Whistleblower Program in Peril Over Potential $100 Million-Plus Payout
Alexandra Berzon, 11 May 2021
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s whistleblower program is in turmoil over a potential payout exceeding $100 million to a former Deutsche Bank AG executive—one so large it would deplete the agency’s whistleblower funds and has led it to seek congressional action.
The executive had provided information that helped CFTC and Justice Department investigations that led to roughly $2.5 billion in settlements with Deutsche Bank in 2015, including $800 million with the CFTC. They alleged that the bank manipulated the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, a benchmark interest rate used to set short-term loans for global banks. Continue reading “Article: CFTC Whistleblower Program in Peril Over Potential $100 Million-Plus Payout”
SEC IMPLEMENTS KEY STEP FOR DERIVATIVES OVERSIGHT 11 YEARS AFTER DODD-FRANK
RICK STEVES, 11 May 2021
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the DTCC Data Repository (U.S.) application to operate as a registered security-based swap data repository (SBSDR).
This is a key step in completing the implementation of derivatives oversight in the U.S., which was set out in Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Dodd-Frank divided the regulatory oversight of derivatives between the SEC for security-based swaps (SBS; those that reference single security or loan or a credit default swap that references a narrow-based index) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for all other swaps. Continue reading “Article: SEC IMPLEMENTS KEY STEP FOR DERIVATIVES OVERSIGHT 11 YEARS AFTER DODD-FRANK”
ANALYSIS: Beyond GameStop—10 Takeaways From Gensler’s Testimony
Preston Brewer, 10 May 2021
In testimony Thursday before the House Financial Services Committee, newly appointed SEC Chairman Gary Gensler signaled that he is prepared to change existing rules to better adapt to the challenges of today’s market environment, and to ask Congress for more authority where needed.
Gensler was there ostensibly to speak about the speculative trading in GameStop shares that occurred in late January. But the hearing went beyond GameStop and Robinhood to include a discussion of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s regulatory response about a wide range of topics. Continue reading “Article: ANALYSIS: Beyond GameStop—10 Takeaways From Gensler’s Testimony”
Feds reportedly probing traders behind GameStop frenzy
Donna Miller, 09 May 2021
Federal regulation enforcement authorities are investigating whether or not market manipulation or different monetary felony exercise fueled the meteoric rise of shares corresponding to GameStop and AMC Leisure final month, a report mentioned Thursday.
Investigators from the Justice Division’s fraud part and the US Lawyer’s workplace in San Francisco have requested data from stockbrokers and social media firms that helped spark the buying and selling hysteria that lasted for about two weeks on the finish of January, the Wall Avenue Journal reported, citing unnamed sources. Continue reading “Article: Feds reportedly probing traders behind GameStop frenzy”
THESE ARE THE TEN BIGGEST BANK FINES OF 2020
ValueWalk, 07 May 2021
Banking regulators around the globe were busy last year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Like any other year, the regulators imposed heavy fines on banks and financial institutions for a range of indiscretions, including money laundering, tax evasion and market manipulation. It is estimated that total bank fines amounted to more than $14 billion in 2020, with the U.S. accounting for the majority of them with 12 bank fines. Anti-money laundering (AML) breaches were the most common violation last year. Detailed below are the ten biggest bank fines of 2020. Continue reading “Article: THESE ARE THE TEN BIGGEST BANK FINES OF 2020”
The Number One Threat To Global Finance? Cyber Attacks
PYMNTS, 13 April 2021
Cyberattacks are the greatest threat to the world’s financial system, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in an interview with CBS News this week. Speaking to “60 Minutes” on Sunday (April 11), Powell said the risks posed by cybercriminals are greater than the lending and liquidity troubles that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.
“There are scenarios in which a large financial institution would lose the ability to track the payments that it’s making, where you would have a part of the financial system come to a halt, or perhaps even a broad part,” he said. “And so, we spend so much time and energy and money guarding against these things. There are cyberattacks every day on all major institutions now. That’s a big part of the threat picture in today’s world.” Continue reading “Article: The Number One Threat To Global Finance? Cyber Attacks”
Archegos Exposes SEC Blind Spots, Dithering on Market Oversight
Robert Schmidt and Benjamin Bainx, 10 April 2021
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was supposed to be able to spot a whale like Bill Hwang by now. As the financial world knows, it didn’t. Will the agency be able to catch the next one?
The collapse of Hwang’s Archegos Capital Management represents one of the most spectacular failures of risk-management and oversight in recent memory. For the SEC, it caps a decade of foot-dragging on protections that were meant to avert, or at least minimize, just such a blowup. Continue reading “Article: Archegos Exposes SEC Blind Spots, Dithering on Market Oversight”
Todd Ehret, 06 April 2021
Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and essentially all digital assets have surged in price recently amid surging interest by the public, investors of all types, and the financial industry. Despite a steadily growing acceptance and anticipation of a crypto-friendly regulatory environment under the new administration in Washington, the future regulatory framework for digital assets is complex and uncertain. Continue reading “Article: INSIGHT: U.S. cryptocurrency regulatory path appears long and complex”
Morgan Stanley backs Bitcoin for 12 mutual funds
EXPLICA .CO, 02 April 2021
US investment bank Morgan Stanley has filed an update to its prospectus related to bitcoin (BTC) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institution applied for 12 of its funds to have exposure with the first cryptocurrency.
According to the bank, the funds would have indirect exposure to bitcoin in two ways: through cash-settled futures and through the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), one of the world’s largest trusts focused on digital assets.
On the type of futures that funds can invest in, Morgan Stanley noted: “The only bitcoin futures that a fund can invest in are cash-settled bitcoin futures that are traded on listed futures exchanges. CFTC ‘.
In the document, the bank explains that the Selected funds will be able to invest up to 25% of their assets in bitcoin. The institution also stressed that this type of operation implies a risk of illiquidity since bitcoin futures are not traded so “intensely” because they are relatively new. Continue reading “Article: Morgan Stanley backs Bitcoin for 12 mutual funds”
CFTC Obtains Another Guilty Plea of Market Manipulation, Makes Criminal Referral
Levi McAllister, Patrick R. Pennella, 31 March 2021
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced last week that it has obtained another admission from a trader of violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, demonstrating its continued aggressive enforcement of its market anti-manipulation provisions.
Emilio José Heredia Collado (Heredia) of Lafayette, California, admitted to engaging in the manipulation of a US price-assessment benchmark relating to physical fuel oil products for more than four years while employed as a fuel oil trader for a trading company. The CFTC imposed a permanent ban from trading commodity interests or engaging in other related activities and a $100,000 civil monetary penalty and made a criminal referral to the US Department of Justice. Continue reading “Article: CFTC Obtains Another Guilty Plea of Market Manipulation, Makes Criminal Referral”
Former Glencore oil trader pleads guilty to market manipulation charges
Chris Prentice, 29 March 2021
A former Glencore Plc fuel oil trader pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $100,000 to settle charges of market manipulation of a key U.S. pricing benchmark, U.S. authorities said on Thursday.
Emilio José Heredia Collado admitted to a multiyear conspiracy to manipulate the fuel oil market, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Heredia agreed to a lifetime ban and a civil penalty of $100,000 to settle parallel charges filed by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
From as early as June 2012 to at least August 2016, Heredia and others at Glencore sought to boost their profits from oil trading by manipulating prices, U.S. officials said.
A Glencore spokesperson said the firm is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
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CFTC hits former fuel-oil trader with $100,000 penalty for market manipulation
Reuters, 25 March 2021
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has settled charges against a former fuel oil trader for market manipulation, the regulator said in a statement on Thursday.
Emilio José Heredia Collado admitted to manipulating, and attempting to manipulate, a U.S. fuel oil benchmark. The CFTC hit Heredia with a $100,000 civil penalty and permanently banned him from trading commodity interests, the statement said.
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