Thursday, 23 October 2014
Last updated 16 min ago
May 3 2010 | 10:47am ET
The Deutsche Bank bond salesman at the center of a hedge fund insider-trading case did nothing wrong, his lawyer said during closing arguments.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, in its first-ever insider-trading case involving credit-default swaps, alleges that Jon-Paul Rorech illegally tipped off former Millennium Partners portfolio manager Renato Negrin about an upcoming bond offering from Dutch media company VNU Group. Negrin, also on trial in the case, is accused of making $1.2 million on the swaps he bought in 2006 after the VNU deal was announced.
But Rorech testified that he did not know that VNU CDS were restricted when he spoke with Negrin. His lawyer, Richard Strassberg, told the jury, “everything he knew he was allowed to share with customers.”
Negrin has also denied any wrongdoing, testifying that any information received from salesmen like Rorech “is assumed to be public.”
The legal teams for both men have also argued that the SEC has no jurisdiction over CDS. The defense says the contracts are not securities.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Most traders agree that proper risk management is the key to successful trading. However, many traders depend on the deeply flawed measure of standard deviation as a benchmark of risk. Here we put it ...