On April 15, 2014, a hearing panel of IIROC accepted a settlement agreement between IIROC staff and Toll Cross Securities Inc. (“TCSI”).

TCSI admitted to conduct involving its failure to comply with research analyst trading restrictions and research disclosure requirements.

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IIROC formally initiated the investigation into TCSI’s conduct in November 2011.  The conduct occurred at TCSI’s head office in Toronto, Ontario.  TCSI is an IIROC-regulated firm.

Specifically, TCSI admitted that from March 2010 to March 2013, it violated Dealer Member Rule 3400 in that:

  • It permitted a research analyst to trade during the research quiet period and against the analyst’s current recommendation without prior written approval, some of which transactions occured  at another dealer member;
  • It issues research reports which contained inaccurate disclosure of information relating to potential conflicts of interest;
  • The disclosure of its system for rating investment opportunities and the percentage of its recommendations which fell into each category was significantly outdated.

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Pursuant to the settlement agreement, TCSI agreed to a fine of $15,000 and to pay $5,000 in costs.

Read the settlement agreement.

Also read:  New rules to slow high-frequency traders

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