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Turn Yourself In, It’ll Be Easier: Bank Cooperation On Spoofing Charges Saves Millions Commentary,Feature

Over the past several months, there has been a fair amount of talk about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s push on the so-called “self-reporting” initiative launched last September and aimed at taking it easier on firms that come forward with wrongdoing. Yesterday’s announced spoofing charges and fines include one of the first such self-reporting cases, with HSBC Securities settling for $1.6 million, Deutsche Bank for $30 million and UBS for $15 million. Each was noted for their self reporting by James McDonald, the CFTC’s director of enforcement, who said in a statement: “Today’s enforcement action demonstrates that the commission will…