(Reuters) – CBOE Holdings Inc is the target of a probe by federal regulators for
the way it oversees its markets, the operator of the biggest U.S. stock-options
exchange said this week.
MF Global was overseen and audited by CME Group Inc under the futures
industry’s self-regulatory model. Some $1.6 billion of customer money remains
missing since the broker’s demise.
Securities exchanges also conduct some policing of their own markets under
federal law. CBOE, for instance, became the main regulator of Bats Global
Markets Inc in 2011. It also oversees its own markets to ensure traders follow
“The SEC is investigating CBOE’s compliance with its obligations as a
self-regulatory organization under the federal securities laws,” the CBOE said
in its annual financial filing on Tuesday.
The CBOE said it was cooperating with the investigation, which is ongoing and
“is conducting its own review of its compliance.” A spokesman declined to
Late last month, Bats Global Markets said it recently received a written
request from the SEC’s division of enforcement seeking documents and information
related to its communications with some market participants, its technology and
its trading strategies.
“The investigation is in the early stages and we are cooperating with the
staff,” Bats said at the time.