NYMEX RULE VIOLATIONS:
534. WASH TRADES PROHIBITED
No person shall place or accept buy and sell orders in the same product and expiration month, and, for a put or call option, the same strike price, where the person knows or reasonably should know that the purpose of the orders is to avoid taking a bona fide market position exposed to market risk (transactions commonly known or referred to as wash sales). Buy and sell orders for different accounts with common beneficial ownership that are entered with the intent to negate market risk or price competition shall also be deemed to violate the prohibition on wash trades. Additionally, no person shall knowingly execute or accommodate the execution of such orders by direct or indirect means.
Pursuant to an offer of settlement, Bruce Benefiel (“Benefiel”) presented at a hearing on November 1, 2017, in which Benefiel neither admitted nor denied the rule violation upon which the penalty is based, a Panel of the New York Mercantile Exchange Business Conduct Committee (“BCC”) found that between August 2015 and December 2015, Benefiel entered several wash trades in
New York Harbor ULSD Futures contracts between accounts with the same beneficial owner.
The Panel found that as a result, Benefiel violated Rule 534.
In accordance with the settlement offer, the Panel ordered Benefiel to pay a fine to the Exchange in the amount of $20,000 and serve a 10 business day suspension from membership privileges on any CME Group Inc. exchange, access to all CME Group Inc. trading floors and direct or indirect access to all electronic trading and clearing platforms owned or operated by CME Group Inc., including Globex. The suspension will run from November 3, 2017 through, and including, November 16, 2017.