This story just keeps getting ‘better’ – since yesterday’s post about MF’s possible sale, MF has declared bankruptcy and was trying to be bough by IB. However the deal doesn’t seem to go through as there are suspicions that huge amount of client funds is missing.
Regulators Investigating MF Global for Missing Money
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Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the brokerage firm, which is run by Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor, several people briefed on the matter said on Monday. Read more here.
Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission today made the following joint statement:
“For several days, the SEC, CFTC and other regulators had been closely monitoring developments affecting MF Global, Inc., a jointly registered futures commission merchant and broker-dealer, in anticipation of a transaction that would include the transfer of customer accounts to another firm. Early this morning, MF Global informed the regulators that the transaction had not been agreed to and reported possible deficiencies in customer futures segregated accounts held at the firm. The SEC and CFTC have determined that a SIPC-led bankruptcy proceeding would be the safest and most prudent course of action to protect customer accounts and assets. SIPC announced today that it is initiating the liquidation of MF Global under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA).”