Robinhood Markets will pay a record $70 million to settle charges by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that it deceived and harmed its investors. FINRA said Robinhood allowed customers to trade options that were not suitable for them, maintained inadequate oversight of its technology, and misled clients on a variety of issues.
Seven new charges were filed against Paige Thompson, the former Amazon Web Services engineer accused of executing the 2019 Capital One breach that affected more than 100 million Americans, according to court records. The Department of Justice added six counts of computer fraud and abuse and one count of access device fraud, raising the potential sentence Thompson could receive if convicted to 20 years in prison.
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to head a regulatory review of risk that climate change presents to financial stability. The Financial Stability Oversight Council, which Yellen chairs, will analyze the issue, implementing an executive order from President Joe Biden, Yellen says.
A poll from EY and the Institute of International Finance found that bank risk managers view climate risk as the biggest threat to their business over the next five years.
EY financial services managing director Mark Watson says that banks were also looking at climate risk as an opportunity, noting that "people finally realize in financial services, we do not get to a zero-carbon economy without finance."
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission says UBS Group has agreed to settle charges of compliance failures concerning its volatility-linked exchange-traded product by paying a penalty of $8.1 million. UBS says it "proactively reviewed and removed the product from its program before being contacted by the SEC."
The Securities and Exchange Commission might oblige fund managers to disclose underlying information on environmental, social and governance products, in addition to a requirement for public companies to disclose exposure to climate risk, Chair Gary Gensler says. The SEC has stated the importance for investors to be aware of the precise composition of funds branded as sustainable.
US financial regulators are working on proposed rules for stablecoins and plan to have recommendations ready in the next few months, the Treasury Department said. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held a meeting with regulators on Monday to discuss the potential risks of stablecoins, which are digital coins pegged to conventional currencies.
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Greek national Apostolos Trovias, known online as "The Bull," has been charged by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly hawking insider trading information on the dark web. Trovias allegedly completed transactions on criminal marketplaces, including AlphaBay and Dream Market, and had worked to build his own website to sell stock tips.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has said financial institutions should prepare for changes to the Bank Secrecy Act and has outlined eight priorities for combating money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. The priorities include proliferation financing, cybercrime and fraud.
Bank robbers have evolved into hackers with substantial resources, supported by rogue states or operating from countries with lax law enforcement, The Economist writes. The robbers profit by stealing money from banks or by accessing data usable for insider trading, and they are known to bait bank insiders with massive rewards for collusion.
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