BC Securities Commission reaches deal with Genus Capital Management

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Securities Commission has reached a settlement with a Vancouver-based investment management firm that misused client brokerage commissions.Genus Capital Management Inc. has agreed to repay $1.67 million to current and former clients and an additional $350,000 to the provincial securities regulator.The firm’s current clients will be repaid in the form of management fee credits, while former clients will receive cash refunds.The regulator says the misuse of commissions involved “soft dollars” — credits provided by a broker to an investment manager in return for executing trades on behalf of the manager’s clients.An investment manager may use the credit for eligible expenses if they are appropriately disclosed.The commission says Genus used $1.67 million in soft dollars between 2009 and 2016 to pay for the development of in-house software and then transferred the software to a company in exchange for part-ownership of that company and a permanent license to use it.The Canadian Press read more

Phil Mickelson investigated for insider trading by the FBI reports

first_imgA US FEDERAL investigation is probing whether Phil Mickelson and a high-stakes gambler got illegal stock tips from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, US media is reporting.The FBI and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating the stock trading patterns of Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William “Billy” Walters, alleging they may have gotten inside information from Icahn about his investment plans, according to the reports.The probe is focused in particular on investments the men made in cleaning products maker Clorox, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported.Icahn’s company made a takeover bid for Clorox in 2011 that caused stock prices in the company to jump. His bid was ultimately rebuffed, and prices dropped.Walters and Mickelson each made very well-timed trades in the company during this period.This led investigators to probe whether they were acting on information Icahn gave them about his company’s takeover attempt.Insider trading — profiting on the stock market from inside information not available to the general investing public — is illegal.However, it is not yet clear whether Mickelson or Walters were acting on information given to them by Icahn, or, if they were, whether Icahn shared any information illegally.The investigators are also looking into Mickelson’s and Walters’ trading related to another company, Dean Foods, but there is no obvious connection to Icahn, the two papers reported.Icahn denied the accusations, calling them “inflammatory and speculative.”“We are always very careful to observe all legal requirements in all of our activities,” he told the Journal.A lawyer for Mickelson assured the newspaper his client was not the target of any investigation, and Walters refused to comment.The SEC and FBI also refused to comment on the case.Walters and Icahn became friends when Icahn owned a Las Vegas hotel in 1998. The two have spoken about stocks, according to the Journal.Walters and Mickelson play golf together, the paper said, but added Icahn claimed he did not know the golfer.US authorities in recent years have launched a crusade against insider trading, which has already resulted in dozens of indictments.- © AFP, 2014Rory McIlroy dropped shots like [insert joke here] at Memorial today‘He made an incredibly brave decision’ – Harrington on McIlroy’s wedding cancellationlast_img read more