Citadel Securities Slapped with $7M Fine for Coding Error, SEC Says

Citadel Securities Slapped with $7M Fine for Coding Error, SEC Says

The U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Citadel Securities had settled
charges of violating Regulation SHO, a law aimed at controlling
short-selling practices. This violation pertained to Citadel Securities’
alleged failure to accurately mark sale orders as long, short, or short exempt.

The SEC’s investigation
revealed a pattern of mismarked orders over five years, attributing
these inaccuracies to a coding error within Citadel Securities’ automated
trading system. During this time, the
firm mistakenly classified short sales as long sales and vice versa. Even more
concerning to the SEC was that Citadel provided this erroneous data
to regulatory authorities, including the SEC, without detection or correction.

Citadel Securities’
Five-Year Error

Mark Cave, the
Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said: „This
action against Citadel Securities demonstrates that a broker-dealer’s failure
to comply with the requirements of Reg SHO can have negative downstream consequences
on the accuracy of the firm’s electronic records, including its electronic blue
sheet reporting, depriving the Commission of important information about the
markets it regulates.”

Citadel Securities
opted for a settlement without admitting or denying the findings by consenting to
a cease-and-desist order. The settlement terms include a censure, a penalty amounting to $7 million, and a series of undertakings aimed at rectifying the
situation.

Meanwhile, Citadel Securities faced a slowdown in trading activity in June, according to a report by the Financial Times. This slowdown followed a period of heightened retail trading
earlier this year, driven in part by retail investors moving to online
brokers like Robinhood.

Trading Revenue Decline

In
particular, Citadel Securities reported a significant decline in net trading revenue for the first
half of the current year, marking a drop of 36% compared to the previous year.
Despite this decline, the company continued to distribute substantial
second-quarter dividends totaling $500 million to its shareholders, including
founder Ken Griffin. Citadel Securities has maintained a streak of generating
at least $1 billion in net trading revenue for the past 14 consecutive
quarters, as per insiders familiar with the matter.

In June, Wall Street’s giants, including Citadel, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity Investments, teamed up to invest in EDX Markets. The platform facilitates the trading of
widely recognized digital currencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH),
Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). EDX plans to
enhance market efficiency further with the launch of its clearinghouse, EDX
Clearing, later this year.

This article was written by Jared Kirui at www.financemagnates.com.

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