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Armed with a doctorate in financial engineering, 34-year-old Timo Schlaefer was on his way to a promising career at Goldman Sachs in London.
US prosecutors will announce the indictment of nine individuals on Aug 11 on charges they were part of an insider trading ring based on cyberhacking of disseminators of news releases.
A group of mainly US-based stock traders and computer hackers in Ukraine made as much as US$100mil (RM398mil) in illegal profits over five years by conspiring to use information stolen from thousands of corporate press statements before their public release, US authorities said.
Once the preserve of big international banks, smartphones are putting the power to deal currencies into the hands of a new cohort of traders, who can make a fortune – or lose their shirt – on the bus to work.
Bitcoin has just recorded its best month since May 2014, stealing the spotlight away from the blockchain technology that underpins it and which has been attracting investment from almost every major bank in the world.
A Georgia-based real estate developer pleaded guilty to participating in what US authorities say was a US$100mil (RM430mil) insider trading scheme that involved hacking into networks that distribute corporate news releases.
2016 could prove to be the year that the price of bitcoin surges again. Not because of any dark-web drug-dealing or Russian ponzi scheme, but for an altogether less sensational reason – slower growth in the money supply.
A growing number of China's retail investors are opening trading accounts on messaging and social media app WeChat, and some institutional investors are even using it to instruct brokers, making it harder for regulators to monitor trades and spot illegal activity, traders and investors told Reuters.
A trader from an Atlanta suburb admitted to involvement in what US authorities have called a more than US$100mil international insider trading scheme that involved hacking into networks that distribute corporate news releases.