Credit Suisse hit with $6.5m US fine for supervisory lapses

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) did not establish a supervisory system reasonably designed to monitor for potential trading violations between 2010 and 2014. (Reuters)
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Updated 24 December 2019

Credit Suisse hit with $6.5m US fine for supervisory lapses

  • From 2011 to 2017, Credit Suisse violated the US market access rule
  • In settling the matter, Credit Suisse neither admitted nor denied the charges

VIENNA: The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and major exchanges have fined Credit Suisse’s US-based securities business $6.5 million for supervisory failings, FINRA said late on Monday.
FINRA, the securities industry self-regulator, and the exchanges found that Credit Suisse Securities (USA) did not establish a supervisory system reasonably designed to monitor for potential trading violations, such as spoofing and layering, for clients it had offered direct market access to numerous exchanges between 2010 and 2014.
The exchanges backing the fine are Cboe Global Markets, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, the New York Stock Exchange, and their affiliated exchanges.
“In addition, Credit Suisse violated numerous provisions of the market access rule, which requires broker-dealers that provide their customers access to an exchange or an alternative trading system to reasonably manage the financial and regulatory risks of providing such access,” FINRA said in a statement.
From 2011 to 2017, Credit Suisse violated the market access rule’s provisions related to the prevention of erroneous orders, the setting of credit limits and the firm’s annual review of the effectiveness of its market access controls and supervisory procedures, the statement said.
In settling the matter, Credit Suisse neither admitted nor denied the charges, the statement added.
Credit Suisse did not immediately reply to a request for comment.


Iran: Oil product exports hit record high despite US sanctions

Updated 22 January 2021

Iran: Oil product exports hit record high despite US sanctions

  • ‘The enemy and Trump wanted us to perish and die, our exports to reach zero’
  • ‘We set the highest record of exports in the history of the oil industry during the embargo period’

DUBAI: Iran has achieved record high exports of petroleum products despite US sanctions, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in televised remarks on Friday.
Zanganeh said former US President Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, had “joined the dustbin of history, but we are alive and working with more hope to build the country.”
“The enemy and Trump wanted us to perish and die, our exports to reach zero,” he said.
“We set the highest record of exports in the history of the oil industry during the embargo period.”
Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed sanctions on the Iranian energy and banking sector.
It is estimated that Iran exports less than 300,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), compared with a peak of 2.8 million bpd in 2018.
US President Joe Biden has said that if Iran resumed strict compliance with the nuclear agreement — under which it restrained its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions — the United States would too.
However, two of Biden’s top national security nominees said on Tuesday that the United States was a long way from making a decision to rejoin the deal.
Iran has significantly increased exports of petroleum products in recent years although oil products, like crude, fall under US sanctions.
Unlike crude oil, where the ultimate buyer is a refinery, other products can find their way to potentially thousands of small-scale industrial or residential buyers, making them difficult to trace.