Mizuho Capital Markets to pay $6.8M for undisclosed pre-hedging


Mizuho Capital Markets (MCM) agreed to pay more than $6.8 million to settle charges from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) it failed to adequately disclose its pre-trade activity on certain foreign exchange forward transactions that disadvantaged its customers.

The CFTC said Tuesday in a press release the conduct of MCM, a New York-based swap dealer, constituted trade practice violations of the swap dealer business conduct standards in the Commodity Exchange Act and agency regulations.

Without admitting or denying the CFTC’s allegations, MCM agreed to pay a $5 million fine, more than $1.8 million in restitution to affected customers, and to cease and desist from future violations.

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