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Four Firms Are Ordered to Pay $4.75M for Market Access Rule Violations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, CBOE Holdings company Bats, the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and their affiliated Exchanges have fined four financial firms $4.75M collectively for violating the Securities Exchange Act of 1934’s Rule 15c3-5, which is also known as the Market Access Rule. The fines are: $2.5M for Deutsche Bank (DB), $800K for J.P. Morgan (JPM), $1M for Citigroup (C), and $450K for Interactive Brokers (IBKR).

The firms have given market access to quite a number clients that engage in millions of trades daily. However, according to FINRA, Bats, NASDAQ, and NYSE, when doing so, they purportedly did not comply with at least one of the Market Access Rule’s provisions when they did not put in place certain risk management controls and procedures so that orders that were “erroneous or duplicative,” or went beyond certain kinds of thresholds, could be detected or prevented. The firms are also accused of not having systems in place for properly supervising customer trading so that “potentially volatile and manipulative activity” could be avoided.

SEC Claims Peruvian Attorneys and Broker-Dealer Manager Used Accounts to Insider Trade
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed charges against three people in Peru, accusing them of insider trading prior to the merging two mining companies. The regulator wants penalties, disgorgement, and interest.
According to the Commission, HudBay Minerals Inc. employee Nino Coppero del Valle told fellow lawyer and friend Julio Antonio Castro Roca about a tender offer the mining company had turned in to acquire shares in August Resource Corp., which is located in Arizona. Hudbay is based in Canada.
Castro then allegedly traded using this materially nonpublic information via a brokerage account that was held by a shell company in the British Virgin Islands. He is accused of doing this so that the trades couldn’t be traced back to the two of them. They  purportedly made over $112,000 in illicit profits. 

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