Monthly Archives: July 2012

FBI probes Cedar Falls investment firm | Des Moines Register

    This story originally appeared in the Des Moines Register.   Written by DONNELLE ELLER AND VICTOR EPSTEIN CEDAR FALLS, IA. — The FBI has launched an investigation into an investment firm here accused by two regulatory agencies Tuesday of misappropriating at least $200 million in client funds. Peregrine Financial Group and its founder, Russell Wasendorf Sr.,

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    MF Global Customer Representative: PFG Situation Proves The Retail Futures Industry Is In Disrepair | Business Insider

      This article originally appeared in Business Insider. Rob Wile | Jul. 10, 2012, 10:54 AM We’ve been reporting since yesterday on the unfortunate, disturbing situation at Peregrine Financial Group, the Iowa-based investment firm that’s been charged with misrepresenting customer account shortfalls on the order of $200 million and whose CEO was hospitalized after apparently attempting suicide.  In an interview

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      Peregrine woes exacerbate industry gloom| Financial Times

        John Roe, partner at BTR Trading, a high-frequency futures group, says: “We are aghast of the regulators who are supposedly protecting customer property. The only thing that protects against this type of fraud is account insurance.” Read the rest of the story at

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        PFGBest mess raises systemic issues for futures industry | Futures Magazine

          This article originally appeared in Futures Magazine. BY DANIEL P. COLLINS, MICHAEL MCFARLIN The PFGBest revelation raises serious questions about the safety of the U.S. Futures industry. One of the themes that had been struck throughout the MF Global mess is that the safety of segregated funds had been absolute up until that “one-off” event. Now, apparently customer segregation

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          MF Global redux as regulator says PFGBest client funds missing | Reuters

            This article originally appeared as a Reuters dispatch. By David Sheppard and Tom Polansek NEW YORK/CHICAGO | Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:08am EDT (Reuters) – Less than nine months after MF Global’s collapse sent shockwaves through U.S. futuresbrokerages, news that more than half the customer funds at Iowa-based PFGBest are missing is threatening to shatter the fragile confidence

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