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January 24, 2017

Posted  February 21, 2017

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Citigroup Global Markets will pay $2.96 million each to settle charges that they made false and misleading statements about a foreign exchange trading program sold to investors.  According to the SEC’s orders, Citigroup held a 49% ownership interest in Morgan Stanley at the time, and registered representatives at both firms were pitching a foreign exchange trading program known as “CitiFX Alpha” to Morgan Stanley customers from August 2010 to July 2011.  The SEC’s orders finds that their written and verbal presentations were based on the program’s past performance and risk metrics, and they failed to adequately disclose that investors could be placed into the program using substantially more leverage than advertised and markups would be charged on each trade.  The undisclosed leverage and markups caused investors to suffer significant losses.  SEC

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