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Deutsche Bank To Pay $9.5 Million SEC Fine As DoJ Settlement Remains Unsettled

Deutsche Bank To Pay $9.5 Million SEC Fine As DoJ Settlement Remains Unsettled

Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) has agreed to pay a $9.5 million penalty for failing to safeguard material nonpublic information generated by its research analysts, according to the SEC. During the SEC investigation, the German bank also published an improper research report and failed to provide certain electronic records.

Deutsche Bank encouraged its equity research analysts to communicate frequently with customers as well as its own sales and trading personnel, but lacked the proper oversight and compliance to prevent its analysts from disclosing yet-to-be-published views and analyses.

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"Information generated by research analysts such as ratings, views, estimates, and trading recommendations can move markets," said Antonia Chion, associate director of the SEC Division of Enforcement. "Broker-dealers must maintain and enforce policies and procedures that are reasonably designed in light of the nature of their business to prevent the misuse of such information."

The SEC also found that Deutsche Bank issued a Buy rating on a research report done on Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG), but the analyst told people privately that it should have actually been downgraded.

That analyst was charged by the SEC earlier this year.

At last check, Deutsche Bank was down 1.36 percent at $13.41.

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