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Oct 23, 2012

CFTC may soon ask public for ideas on high-speed trading rules

NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The head of the U.S.
commodities regulator said on Tuesday that he is working on a
broad package of proposals for possible new rules governing high
frequency trading, which has been blamed for increasing market
volatility.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler
said he had a designed a broad package of potential rules, which
address some of the dangers of high-speed trading, and he hoped
to put it before the commission “shortly.”

Oct 18, 2012

Firm in CNOOC-Nexen insider trade case agrees to settle with SEC

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) – A Hong Kong-based firm has
agreed to pay more than $14 million to settle charges of trading
on inside knowledge of CNOOC Ltd’s bid for Nexen Inc
, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on
Thursday.

The SEC said Well Advantage proposed to pay back the illegal
profits made on the trades, plus a penalty worth the same
amount.

Oct 3, 2012
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Former stock market ‘scalpers’ are vocal HFT critics

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By Emily Flitter

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

While the Securities and Exchange Commission maintains it does not need to do much to reign in the high frequency trading machines that have taken over Wall Street, a group of traders who understand how HFT firms make money—because it’s similar to the method they used to use themselves—have become vocal HFT critics. Yes, they may complain because they don’t make as much money as they used to, but they also think the machines are destabilizing the market.

Meet Dennis Dick, a prop trader in Detroit and a member of a league of stock market participants who have had to change their trading strategies now that they are no longer the fastest guns on the Street.

Oct 2, 2012

Insight – Chicago Fed warned on high-frequency trading

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than two years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get serious about the dangers of super-fast computer-driven trading. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of inaction in dealing with the fallout from high-frequency trading and shows that the regulator does not yet fully appreciate how fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors away from U.S. markets.

Oct 2, 2012

Chicago Fed warned on high-frequency trading

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – More than two years
ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission to get serious about the
dangers of super-fast computer-driven trading. Only now is the
SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those
issues.

Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of
inaction in dealing with the fallout from high-frequency trading
and shows that the regulator does not yet fully appreciate how
fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors
away from U.S. markets.

Oct 1, 2012

Insight: Chicago Fed warned on high frequency trading, SEC slow to respond

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than two years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get serious about the dangers of superfast computer-driven trading. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of inaction in dealing with the fallout from high frequency trading and shows that the regulator does not yet fully appreciate how fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors away from U.S. markets.

Sep 30, 2012

Chicago Fed warned on high frequency trading, SEC slow to respond

NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – More than two years ago, the
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission to get serious about the dangers of
superfast computer-driven trading. Only now is the SEC getting
around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of
inaction in dealing with the fallout from high frequency trading
and shows that the regulator does not yet fully appreciate how
fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors
away from U.S. markets.

Sep 18, 2012

Freed American says more U.S. citizens remain in Nicaraguan jails

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When a guard at a Nicaraguan prison showed Jason Puracal the newspaper headline saying he would be freed, he tried to walk out of jail that instant, only to be sent back to his cell.

A few days later, however, Puracal, the U.S. citizen who was jailed in Nicaragua two years ago after being wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering, walked free.

Sep 6, 2012

Senate committee launches probe of JPM’s “Whale” losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Senate committee has launched a probe into JPMorgan Chase’s “London Whale” trading losses, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin, is interviewing current and former employees of JPMorgan’s (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Investment Office in connection with the bank’s $5.8 billion loss on trades in an obscure corner of the credit market, according to the source.

Jul 28, 2012

Insight: At least three banks seen central to Libor rigging

By Carrick Mollenkamp and Emily Flitter

(Reuters) – New details from court documents and sources close to the Libor scandal investigation suggest that groups of traders working at three major European banks were heavily involved in rigging global benchmark interest rates.

Some of those traders, including one who used to work at Barclays Plc in New York, still have senior positions on Wall Street trading desks.

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