Article: Key to catching the traders charged with manipulating metals futures: electronic chatter

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Key to catching the traders charged with manipulating metals futures: electronic chatter

Francine McKenna

MarketWatch, 30 January 2018

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced criminal and civil enforcement actions on Monday against Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, UBS AG and HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and six individuals involved in spoofing and stop loss collusion schemes. The criminal and civil enforcement actions were filed in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Investigative Division.

Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. were hit the hardest, agreeing to pay a $30 million penalty while neither admitting or denying they failed to supervise precious metals traders who allegedly schemed to manipulate the price of precious metals futures contracts and allegedly colluding to trigger customer stop-loss orders. The fraud allegedly ran from Feb. 2008 to at least Sept. 2014.

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Article: Merrill Lynch Fined by FINRA

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SEC charges Merrill Lynch, fines firm $11 million for short sales violations

Francine McKenna

MarketWatch, 1 June 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges Monday against Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch subsidiary for using bad data since 2012 to “locate” stock for short sales, violating Rule 203(b) of Regulation SHO. That rule prevents “naked” short sales, shorting shares that are not “easy to borrow.” The firm admitted the wrongdoing and will pay a $9 million penalty plus interest and give up $1.6 million in profits. Merrill Lynch must also submit to a compliance review by an independent consultant.

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