StoneX Entities to Pay ICE $650K for Possible Improper Pre-Hedging

Thursday, 21/07/2022 | 10:16 GMT by Arnab Shome
  • The two StoneX entities violated multiple exchange rules.
  • They already agreed to pay the monetary penalty and disgorgement amount.
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Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which operates the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), announced on Wednesday that two subsidiaries of StoneX Group, StoneX Financial and StoneX Markets, made multiple possible violations of exchange rules.

Both companies are now facing a collective monetary penalty of $425,000 and have to disgorge an additional $225,606 in profits.

A subcommittee of ICE’s Business Conduct Committee (BCC) determined that both the StoneX entities might have violated multiple rules which involve conduct detrimental to the exchange , duty of supervision, block trading and power to compel testimony and production of documents.

Between May 2020 and May 2021, the subcommittee found multiple instances when the two companies were possibly involved in improper pre-hedging, which are counted as detrimental conduct.

ICE elaborated that whenever SX Financial, which acts as a broker, receives a customer order, it has to “fill the customer order opposite the proprietary trading desk of its affiliate, SX Markets.” However, traders at SX Markets executed pre-hedging trade before consummating each block trade opposite SX Financial’s customer.

Both the companies profited $225,606.80 from this activity all of which they have to disgorge now.

Other Possible Violations

Additionally, the two StoneX entities adopted risk policies that encouraged traders to take improper pre-hedging positions for some contracts. They even failed to supervise employees’ activities around block trading and compliance with exchange rules.

Further, the two companies might have misreported the execution time of certain block trades and submitted them beyond the 15-minute reporting window.

Both the StoneX entities have agreed to pay the monetary penalty and disgorge the profits. However, neither of them accepted or denied the claims of the American exchange.

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which operates the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), announced on Wednesday that two subsidiaries of StoneX Group, StoneX Financial and StoneX Markets, made multiple possible violations of exchange rules.

Both companies are now facing a collective monetary penalty of $425,000 and have to disgorge an additional $225,606 in profits.

A subcommittee of ICE’s Business Conduct Committee (BCC) determined that both the StoneX entities might have violated multiple rules which involve conduct detrimental to the exchange , duty of supervision, block trading and power to compel testimony and production of documents.

Between May 2020 and May 2021, the subcommittee found multiple instances when the two companies were possibly involved in improper pre-hedging, which are counted as detrimental conduct.

ICE elaborated that whenever SX Financial, which acts as a broker, receives a customer order, it has to “fill the customer order opposite the proprietary trading desk of its affiliate, SX Markets.” However, traders at SX Markets executed pre-hedging trade before consummating each block trade opposite SX Financial’s customer.

Both the companies profited $225,606.80 from this activity all of which they have to disgorge now.

Other Possible Violations

Additionally, the two StoneX entities adopted risk policies that encouraged traders to take improper pre-hedging positions for some contracts. They even failed to supervise employees’ activities around block trading and compliance with exchange rules.

Further, the two companies might have misreported the execution time of certain block trades and submitted them beyond the 15-minute reporting window.

Both the StoneX entities have agreed to pay the monetary penalty and disgorge the profits. However, neither of them accepted or denied the claims of the American exchange.

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About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab is an electronics engineer-turned-financial editor. He entered the industry covering the cryptocurrency market for Finance Magnates and later expanded his reach to forex as well. He is passionate about the changing regulatory landscape on financial markets and keenly follows the disruptions in the industry with new-age technologies.
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