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February 13, 2017

Posted  February 27, 2017

New York-based brokerage firm Sidoti & Company LLC will pay a $100,000 penalty to settle charges of compliance and trading surveillance failures.  Federal securities laws require firms to enforce policies and procedures to prevent the misuse of material, nonpublic information to which their employees routinely have access.  Sidoti’s hedge fund, by design, invested in issuers covered by Sidoti’s research department and, additionally, some of the issuers for which Sidoti provided investment banking services.  Yet, according to the SEC’s order, for a period of more than eight months, from November 3, 2014 (when the hedge fund commenced trading) until July 10, 2015, Sidoti had no written policies or procedures in place to prevent the misuse of material, nonpublic information by its founder and CEO or any other associated persons that had the authority to or otherwise participated in making investment decisions for the hedge fund.  SEC

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