Article: CFTC Settles With Morgan Stanley & Mitsubishi, $1.4 & $0.4 Million Fines For Spoofing Gold & Silver

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CFTC Settles With Morgan Stanley & Mitsubishi, $1.4 & $0.4 Million Fines For Spoofing Gold & Silver

Ottawa Bullion, 3 October 2019

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced that civil enforcement actions were filed and simultaneously settled against two trading firms and one bank for violating the Commodity Exchange Act’s (CEA) prohibition on spoofing (bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution). These cases were brought in connection with the Division of Enforcement’s Spoofing Task Force.

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Article: J.P. Morgan is only the start as DOJ and CFTC crack down on spoofing

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J.P. Morgan is only the start as DOJ and CFTC crack down on spoofing

Neils Christensen

Kitco News, 19 September 2019

Three traders charged with manipulating precious metals markets for nearly a decade could be only the start of a larger market-wide crackdown on previously-unchecked illegal market behavior.

According to media reports, federal prosecutors and regulators are intensifying their investigations of allegedly fraudulent precious metals trades at J.P. Morgan Chase to other U.S. markets and financial firms.

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Article: Merrill Lynch Commodities receives $25m fine for spoofing and market manipulation (15 July 2019)

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Merrill Lynch Commodities receives $25m fine for spoofing and market manipulation (15 July 2019)

Jennie Clarke

Behavox15 July 2019

Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc has received a $25m charge from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for spoofing, manipulation and attempted manipulation, with respect to certain precious metals futures.

The CFTC found that Merrill Lynch Commodities traders placed orders to buy and sell precious metals futures contracts with the intent to cancel their orders before execution. The traders employed a specific spoofing strategy in which they would place a small bid or offer with the intent to execute that order. Prior to the execution of that order, they would place a larger order on the opposite side of the same market with the intent to cancel that order before execution. This manipulated market prices and created artificial and fluctuating prices.

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Article: Merrill Lynch Pays $36.5 Million to Settle Spoofing Charges

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Merrill Lynch Pays $36.5 Million to Settle Spoofing Charges

Aziz Abdel-Qader

Finance Magnates, 26 June 2019

Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. (MLCI) has just settled spoofing charges with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) by agreeing to pay a combined $36.5 million. The CFTC action centered on spoofing activity carried out by Bank of America’s global commodities trading business in a scheme that ran from 2008 through 2014 and involved dozens of fraudulent orders that were canceled before execution.

MLCI precious metals traders are accused of working with other traders to rig the purchase and sale of futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Release: CFTC Orders Deutsche Bank to Pay $30 Million Penalty for Manipulation, Attempted Manipulation, and Spoofing In the Precious Metals Futures Markets

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CFTC Orders Deutsche Bank to Pay $30 Million Penalty for Manipulation, Attempted Manipulation, and Spoofing In the Precious Metals Futures Markets

CFTC, 29 January 2018

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an Order filing and settling charges against Deutsche Bank AG (DB AG) and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DBSI) (collectively, DB), requiring DB to pay a $30 million civil monetary penalty and to undertake remedial relief. The Order finds that from at least February 2008 and continuing through at least September 2014, DB AG, by and through certain precious metals traders (Traders), engaged in a scheme to manipulate the price of precious metals futures contracts by utilizing a variety of manual spoofing techniques with respect to precious metals futures contracts traded on the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX), and by trading in a manner to trigger customer stop-loss orders.

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