FINRA Sanctions Citigroup for Supervisory Issues
According to FINRA on February 9, an AWC was issued in which Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CRD #7059, New York, New York) was censured, fined $450,000, and required to revise its WSPs.
Without admitting or denying the findings, Citigroup consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that its proprietary trading accounts were organized into aggregation units for purposes of Rule 200(f) of Regulation SHO compliance.
FINRA’s findings stated that starting in November 2008, the two accounts commenced engaging in proprietary transactions to facilitate certain broker-dealer order flow. However, Citigroup Global Market allegedly failed to include the securities positions in those accounts in its aggregate calculations for any independent aggregation unit.
The findings also stated that the firm’s supervisory system, including its WSPs, reportedly did not provide for supervision reasonably designed to achieve compliance with the applicable securities laws and regulations, including SEC and FINRA rules, to ensure that all firm accounts conducting proprietary business were appropriately included in aggregation units.
For FINRA’s full findings see FINRA Case #2014041142501.
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