Most Clicked CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief Stories


1. U.K. trader faces "flash crash" charges

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 22, 2015

U.S. authorities have charged Navinder Singh Sarao, a U.K. futures trader, for allegedly contributing to the "flash crash" of 2010. Sarao is accused of market manipulation that earned him $40 million from 2010 to 2014. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission say Sarao used illegal "spoofing" and "layering" strategies. Bloomberg (21 Apr.) Deutsche Welle (Germany) (21 Apr.) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (21 Apr.) Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (22 Apr.)


2. How often do you encounter significant examples of "office politics" that affect your ability to do your job?

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 21, 2015


3. World's biggest oil-field-services firm to cut workforce

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Schlumberger said it will lay off 11,000 workers, in addition to 9,000 cuts announced in January, leaving it with 15% less employees than it had in the third quarter. Energy producers are expected to slash $114 billion in spending this year in response to plummeting oil prices. Bloomberg (16 Apr.) American City Business Journals (16 Apr.)


4. Brazil's Petrobras says corruption caused $2.1B loss

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Long-delayed audited financial results of Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro show a widening scandal involving bribery and money laundering has cost the company $2.1 billion. By releasing the data, the company avoids triggering a provision in bond agreements that requires accelerated repayment. FuelFix.com (22 Apr.) Bloomberg (22 Apr.)


5. China reportedly to inject billions into state policy banks

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 21, 2015

China's foreign exchange reserves will be used to recapitalize state-run policy banks, Caixin magazine reported. The People's Bank of China will provide $30 billion to the Export-Import Bank of China and $32 billion to the China Development Bank, sources said. The capital injections will be made indirectly through loans, they said. Bloomberg (20 Apr.) Market News International (20 Apr.)


6. U.K. "flash crash" trader fights extradition to U.S.

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 23, 2015

A day trader with a reputation for making millions while being distant from fellow traders has appeared in London court to contest extradition to the U.S. on charges of fraud and manipulation in connection with the May 2010 "flash crash." Navinder Singh Sarao's supporters are using #freenav on Twitter and say he saw the risk and rewards and took on the trades. Bloomberg (22 Apr.) Reuters (22 Apr.)


7. PBOC lowers reserve-requirement ratio for banks

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 20, 2015

The People's Bank of China says reducing the reserve-requirement ratio for banks will "further enhance the ability of financial institutions to support restructuring." In the first quarter, expansion of gross domestic product cooled to 7%. GlobalPost.com (19 Apr.) Xinhuanet.com (China) (19 Apr.)


8. Greece orders local agencies to transfer cash to central bank

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 21, 2015

The Greek president issued a decree instructing local and regional agencies to send cash reserves to the Bank of Greece for use by the central government. The action came as Athens appeared to be running out of money. The decree is expected to raise enough money to permit the government to pay civil servants' April salaries and pensions. Kathimerini (Greece) (20 Apr.)


9. Asset managers' ability to handle redemption run worries Fed

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 23, 2015

The Federal Reserve is concerned about how the asset-management industry would respond to a run of redemptions because an interest-rate increase is on the horizon. Volatility and decreased liquidity in the bond market are raising the stakes for the central bank to offer plenty of time in signaling intent. Reuters (23 Apr.)


10. China sells U.S. Treasurys to prevent yuan from plunging

CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief | Apr 17, 2015

The People's Bank of China is selling U.S. Treasurys to raise dollars and buy yuan to head off a sharp drop of the latter currency. The yuan is under pressure because of China's economic slowdown and speculation that the Federal Reserve is closer to raising interest rates. Nikkei Asian Review (17 Apr.)