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Aug 31, 2021

Streaming Data: SEC Charges Netflix Trading Ring

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged three Netflix software engineers and two “close associates” with insider trading in Netflix shares that netted them over $3 million in illegal profits. They were caught by the SEC Market Abuse Unit, whose Analysis and Detection Center uncovered the operation using data analytic tools that identified the group’s “improbably successful” trading.» Read More

Aug 03, 2021

Insider Tips: And That IS “Bull”

On Friday, July 9, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Apostolos Trovias, a Greek national, with selling (from 2016 until early in 2021) what he termed “insider trading tips,” including prerelease earnings reports, on the Dark Web. Trovias, according to the SEC Complaint, operated using the “pseudonymous avatar ‘The Bull’.”» Read More

Jun 08, 2021

Fixing FICC: Agency Proposes Rule Changes to Encourage More Repo Clearing

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a notice (the “Notice”) that the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”) had filed proposed rule changes intended to enhance the ability to clear certain trades, particularly those involving repurchase agreements (“Repos”) on FICC.» Read More

May 27, 2021

“Margin, I Have to Have More Margin:” The National Securities Clearing Corporation Proposes to Increase the Minimum Required Fund Deposit

On Monday, May 10, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a Notice that the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed a proposed rule change with the SEC to raise the amount of the Minimum Required Fund Deposit to be made and maintained by member firms using the NSCC.» Read More

May 25, 2021

Data Integrity: The SEC Sanctions S & P Dow Jones Indices LLC

On Monday, May 17, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) initiated Administrative Proceedings (an enforcement action) against the S & P Dow Jones Indices, LLC (“SPDJI”), in connection with data integrity, for failing to maintain accurate and timely market information used for the S & P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index ER (the “Index”).» Read More

Apr 29, 2021

Tightening the Reins: SEC Approves Proposed Rule Change to Clearing Agency Investment Policy

On March 8, 2021, the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”), and the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) (each a “Clearing Agency” and collectively the “Clearing Agencies”) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a proposal to amend the investment policy for each Clearing Agency.» Read More

Mar 30, 2021

Under the Cover of Darkness: Insider Trading and the Dark Web

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) instituted civil proceedings in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against James Roland Jones of Redondo Beach, California, for selling what he called “insider tips” on the “dark web” from late 2016 into 2017.» Read More