Cormark Securities Inc. and ITG Canada Corp. to pay out $1 million to settle SEC fees

TORONTO – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suggests Canadian broker-sellers Cormark Securities Inc. and ITG Canada Corp. have agreed to spend a total of US$1 million to settle expenses of improper buying and selling techniques.

In accordance to the regulator, the two firms provided incorrect get-marking information and facts in a period of time from August 2016 by Oct 2017 that brought on much more than 200 sale orders from a single hedge fund, representing complete product sales of more than US$660 million, to be mismarked as “long” in violation of SEC polices.

By definition, “long” indicates the vendor actually owns the inventory they are selling, as opposed to a “short” if the vendor is borrowing inventory to sell.

The SEC states that due to the fact the hedge fund’s sale orders were, in actuality, short product sales, the incorrect get-marking brought on the executing broker to violate regulations by failing to borrow or track down the shares prior to effecting those brief profits.

It claims that Cormark and ITG Canada, without having admitting or denying the results, have each and every agreed to end present and upcoming equivalent violations.

In addition, it suggests Cormark has agreed to pay out a penalty of US$800,000, and ITG Canada has agreed to pay out a penalty of US$200,000.

This report by The Canadian Press was initially revealed Dec. 23, 2020.