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Frontrunning: July 21

  • Global stocks nurse nine-month highs before ECB meeting (Reuters)
  • Kuroda Says No Need and No Possibility for Helicopter Money (BBG)
  • As Republican Party tries to heal wounds, discord rules at convention (Reuters)
  • GOP Divided as Cruz Snubs Trump (WSJ)
  • Trump Chooses War With Cruz at Convention Aimed at Unification (BBG)

HSBC Global Head Of FX Cash Trading Arrested At JFK Airport

A historic event took place moments ago when Mark Johnson, the global head of cash FX at HSBC was arrested at JFK airport for his role in a "conspiracy to rig currency benchmarks", and specifically for frontrunning customer orders. He is the first person charged by the US in the ongoing FX rigging probe.

"Folks, Put The Pieces Together" - Judge Jeanine Rages Over Comey/Clinton Debacle

"Now what we have is a country that doesn't believe in the system anymore. This case should have gone to a grand jury. Ordinary Americans should have heard this case. You've got political appointees like Jim Comey, Loretta Lynch, and someone who was beneath Loretta Lynch who is also a political appointee making this decision, reeks of favoritism."

Peak FBI Corruption? Meet Bryan Nishimura, Found Guilty For "Removal And Retention Of Classified Materials"

"Nishimura caused the materials to be downloaded and stored on his personal, unclassified electronic devices and storage media. He carried such classified materials on his unauthorized media when he traveled off-base in Afghanistan and, ultimately, carried those materials back to the United States at the end of his deployment. The investigation did not reveal evidence that Nishimura intended to distribute classified information to unauthorized personnel." 

Preet Bharara Press Conference On Dean Foods Insider Trading Scandal That Snagged Phil Mickelson

Over a decade ago, the US cracked down on Marth Stewart as an example of all that is wrong with the US financial system. The same US which did not put any  bankers in prison after the financial crisis. We now get a repeat. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announces charges against William “Billy” Walters and Thomas Davis, the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dean Foods Company, for insider trading.

Phil Mickelson Charged In Insider Trading Scam, Accused Of Illegal $931,000 Profit

Having denied any investigation as "inflammatory and speculative" when the Phil Mickelson insider-trading brouhaha initialy erupted two years ago, it appears the golfer's lawyers may have to shift from the "deny deny deny" defense to "let's make a deal."  Having been unable to pin anything on Wall Street insider Carl Icahn, Vegas sports gambler Billy Walters, and pro-golfer Mickelson with regard their trading in Clorox (during Icahn's takeover bid); the SEC has arrested Walters and announced criminal charges against Dean Foods' Chairman Thomas Davis (who stepped down after suspicions of leaking insider tips) and after generating nearly $1million in profits from the Dean Foods trading tip Phil Mickelson is charged with insider trading and wilb be forced to disgorge ill-gotten gains.

In Latest Market-Rigging Scandal, ITG Busted For Frontrunning Clients In Its Dark Pool

Since the market is once again on the verge of a terminal liquidity seizure with its associated side-effects (see China for details), the authorities needed to remind the "market" just who the scapegoat will be when the next crash finally does come. Which is why earlier today in an unexpected "preliminary second quarter guidance" release, ITG, owner of the Posit dark pool, was just busted with a $22.6 million potential SEC settlement for what appears to have been blatant frontrunning of company clients in its own prop trading pod. But what is particularly amusing in this case is that while everyone knows that when it comes to HFT's, it is never called "rigging" - the proper nomenclature is "glitch", so now we learn a new term to use instead of "criminal frontrunning" - drumroll... trading experiment,

"It's Laughable Really": Why No One, Especially Not Jamie Dimon, Will Be Held Accountable For London Whale

"Mr. Martin-Artajo is in Spain, where a court has refused to extradite him, and Mr. Grout is in France, which typically does not extradite its own citizens. Although the investigation in the United States officially remains open, it appears no one, in all likelihood, will be held legally accountable. 'When risky behavior is repeatedly tolerated or concealed, you have to wonder if higher-ranking people should have been targeted.'" 

Frontrunning: June 19

  • Greek PM optimistic on debt deal as banks bleed (Reuters)
  • Greek central bank chief says banking system stable (Kathimerini)
  • ECB Said to Confer on Emergency Greek Aid Amid Cash Flight (BBG)
  • More tax "avoidance": Citigroup to shift European retail banking HQ to Dublin (Reuters)
  • Florist's tip led police to Charleston shooting suspect (USAToday)
  • Asian shares edge higher on Fed caution, China sell-off intensifies (Reuters)
  • Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested (Reuters)
  • Venezuela Oil Loans Go Awry for China (WSJ)

FIFA "Rampant" Corruption Exposed Following DOJ Indictment, 14 Arrested In Swiss Hotel - FBI/DoJ Press Conference Live Feed

That FIFA has been a hotbed of corruption, shady backroom dealings and outright crime for years, has been known to anyone who has a passing interest in football. Which is why we were surprised to learn this morning that none other than the US Attorney General, seemingly content with all the wristslaps handed out to criminal US foreign banks (and subsequent SEC waivers) gave FIFA the red card in a charge detailing "rampant" corruption in international soccer hours after 14 officials were arrested on accusations of a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through FIFA, whose office was searched in a series of dawn raids in Zurich.

How Chinese Oligarchs Used Fake Trade Invoices To Launder Almost $1 Trillion Globally

"China’s capital account might be closed—but it’s not that closed. Between 2003 and 2012, $1.3 trillion slipped out of mainland China—more than any other developing country... GFI says the most common way money leaks out in the developing world is through fake trade invoices. The other big culprit is “hot money,” likely due to corruption—which GFI gleans from inconsistencies in balance of payments data. In China, both activities have picked up since 2009." Just like in the U.S., the so-called government “stimulus” in China achieved nothing more than to stimulate an oligarch crime spree. Hence the global boom in $100 million real estate, art and everything extremely high-end. As intended, the bailouts and stimulus on a global basis went directly to the 0.0001%.