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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

Mar 09, 2021

Are You Covered? The Exposure of D’s and O’s for Diverse Reasons

In December 2020, NASDAQ submitted a proposed rule change to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to add a diversity requirement as a condition for listing on its electronic stock exchange. That proposal would require at least two “diverse” directors or officers and periodic disclosure of aggregate data on gender preference, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.» Read More

Feb 11, 2021

Taking a Bath: Will Bed Bath & Beyond Drown in the GameStop Surge?

I have already written two blog posts on the GameStop Saga: “Rupture Rapture: Should the GameStop?” on February 2, 2021, and “Inciting to Rupture: Keith Gill and the GameStop Surge” on February 9, 2021. There are a number of other companies whose shares have seen buying surges akin to what happened to GameStop in January 2021: AMC Entertainment; Nokia; Koss, Corp.» Read More

Feb 09, 2021

Inciting to Rupture: Keith Gill and the GameStop Surge

In my February 2, 2021, blog post, “Rupture Rapture: Should the GameStop?” I noted that a report in the Wall Street Journal for Saturday/Sunday, January 30-31, 2021, identified a 34-year-old former Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (“Mass Mutual”) “marketing employee” as the on-line “influencer “ who triggered the interest surge in GameStopRead More