Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Last updated 5 hours ago
Dec 19 2006 | 2:13pm ET
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday slapped a 12-month suspension on James Smith, former portfolio manager and vice president for Advanced Investment Management, for misdeed that cost the firm’s investors more than $415 million.
According to the regulatory agency, Smith leveraged client assets in violation of investment advisory agreements and concealed unauthorized trading in the client accounts. Specifically, the SEC alleges that the majority shareholder, president, and CIO of AIM orchestrated and conducted the improper trading scheme between January 2002 and July 2002 with the assistance of Smith, who then served as AIM’s vice president of equity trading.
The SEC had filed a complaint, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on April 6, 2005, against Smith and other principals of AIM seeking to permanently enjoin Smith and others from violating the antifraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
Without admitting or denying the allegations of the complaint, Smith has consented to a 12-month suspension prohibiting him from associating or seeking to become associated with any investment adviser. He was also ordered to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $55,000.
The now defunct firm was a registered investment advisor and a commodity pool operator.
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
The London Whale saga is a twist on the typical rogue trader story as the rogue trader recognized the error of his ways and was prepared to take his medicine but was instructed by superiors to “defe...