A jury on Tuesday convicted high-frequency trader Michael Coscia of commodities fraud and "spoofing," in the U.S. government's first criminal prosecution of the banned trading practice. The verdict may energize prosecutors to pursue market manipulation cases and spur some high-speed traders to review their strategies, in which orders are sometimes executed or canceled within milliseconds after they are entered.
Environmental Financial Products LLC (EFP) and CBOE Holdings Inc. (CBOE) announced plans to launch the American Financial Exchange (AFX), an electronic marketplace for small and mid-sized banks to lend and borrow short-term funds.
As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Congress mandated that the CFTC adopt limits to address the risk of excessive speculation in physical commodity derivative contracts.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined Morgan Stanley $300,000 for not maintaining enough USD in segregated accounts for U.S. clients, as well as ordered the bank to improve compliance with cleared swaps customer collateral, Market Watch reported.