TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - On December 19, 2012, a Hearing Panel of
the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)
accepted a Settlement Agreement between IIROC staff and optionsXpress
Canada Corp. (optionsXpress).
optionsXpress admitted that it failed to correct deficiencies identified
during a Business Conduct Compliance Examination despite representing
that it would do so.
Specifically, optionsXpress admitted to the following violation:
Between April 2008 and January 2012, optionsXpress failed to correct
deficiencies identified during a Business Conduct Compliance
Examination despite representing that it would do so and in doing so:
Failed to maintain a proper supervisory system, contrary to IIROC Dealer
Member Rules 29.27 and 38.1; and,
Failed to observe high standards of ethics and conduct in the
transaction of its business and engaged in business conduct or practice
which is unbecoming or detrimental to the public interest, contrary to
IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1 (IDA By-law 29.1 prior to June 1, 2008).
Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, optionsXpress agreed to the
optionsXpress also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $2,500.
The Settlement Agreement is available at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=C25EBF4D414F434FAF1E5A20A3459688&Language=en and the panel's decision will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.
Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings - including
Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC
website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into optionsXpress' conduct
in August 2012. optionsXpress is an IIROC-regulated firm.
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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all
investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces
in Canada. Created in 2008 through the consolidation of the Investment
Dealers Association of Canada and Market Regulation Services Inc.,
IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards,
protects investors and strengthens market integrity while maintaining
efficient and competitive capital markets.
IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and
enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial
conduct of dealer firms and their registered employees and through
setting and enforcing market integrity rules regarding trading activity
on Canadian equity marketplaces.
IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or
individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may
result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars,
expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for
individuals and firms.
All information about disciplinary proceedings relating to current and
former member firms is available in the Enforcement section of the IIROC website. Background information regarding the
qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently
employed by IIROC-regulated firms is available free of charge through
the IIROC AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make investment dealer, advisor or
marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1.877.442.4322.
SOURCE: Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News
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