S&P Index Manager Charged With Insider Trading

A senior index supervisor at S&P Dow Jones Indices and his close friend have been billed with investing on within information he misappropriated from his employer, creating $900,000 in illicit gains.

The U.S. Securities and Trade Commission stated Yinghang “James” Yang of Flushing, N.Y., traded in the solutions of 14 providers concerning June and October 2019 immediately after he learned in progress that they would be added to or taken out from one of S&P Dow Jones’ three indices.

The trades were being allegedly executed through the brokerage account of co-conspirator Yuanbiao Chen of Corona, N.Y., a supervisor of a sushi restaurant.

Yang was arrested on Monday in a linked felony case.

“Financial industry experts and other workforce entrusted with confidential, market place-going information are prohibited from applying that information for particular acquire,” Richard R. Most effective, director of the SEC’s New York Regional Place of work, stated in a information release. “As alleged in our grievance, Yang abused that have faith in when he made use of the information to enrich himself and Chen.”

In accordance to his LinkedIn profile, Yang has a master’s diploma from Columbia College and joined S&P Dow Jones in September 2018 immediately after previously performing for the derivatives corporations of JPMorgan Chase and BNY Mellon.

As an index supervisor at S&P Dow Jones, he was “privy to index committee conversations and linked issues, such as the identities of providers that may well be added to or taken out from one of [the company’s] U.S.-primarily based indices,” the SEC stated.

Yang and Chen allegedly produced illegal trades in the call or put solutions of providers such as Etsy, GrubHub, and T-Cell, with Yang on some situations accessing Chen’s brokerage account immediately through the web and on some others tipping off Chen.

The defendants generated returns on their option purchases as large as 624%, the SEC stated, with their most beneficial trade being an $18,014 investment decision in call solutions of CDW Corp. on Sept. seventeen, 2019. Soon after S&P Dow Jones announced CDW would be added to one of its indexes, they allegedly liquidated the solutions the subsequent working day for $112,487 in gains.

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