S&P Index Manager Charged With Insider Trading

A senior index manager at S&P Dow Jones Indices and his good friend have been…

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

The U.S. Securities and Trade Commission said Yinghang “James” Yang of Flushing, N.Y., traded in the selections of 14 organizations concerning June and October 2019 soon after he uncovered in progress that they would be additional to or taken out from just one of S&P Dow Jones’ three indices.

The trades ended up allegedly executed via the brokerage account of co-conspirator Yuanbiao Chen of Corona, N.Y., a manager of a sushi restaurant.

Yang was arrested on Monday in a relevant felony scenario.

“Financial pros and other personnel entrusted with private, sector-shifting information are prohibited from employing that information for private achieve,” Richard R. Most effective, director of the SEC’s New York Regional Business, said in a news launch. “As alleged in our complaint, Yang abused that have confidence in when he utilised the information to enrich himself and Chen.”

In accordance to his LinkedIn profile, Yang has a master’s degree from Columbia University and joined S&P Dow Jones in September 2018 soon after earlier performing for the derivatives firms of JPMorgan Chase and BNY Mellon.

As an index manager at S&P Dow Jones, he was “privy to index committee discussions and relevant issues, including the identities of organizations that could be additional to or taken out from just one of [the company’s] U.S.-based indices,” the SEC said.

Yang and Chen allegedly produced illegal trades in the phone or put selections of organizations including Etsy, GrubHub, and T-Mobile, with Yang on some instances accessing Chen’s brokerage account specifically via the internet and on many others tipping off Chen.

The defendants produced returns on their solution purchases as significant as 624%, the SEC said, with their most profitable trade being an $18,014 expense in phone selections of CDW Corp. on Sept. 17, 2019. Immediately after S&P Dow Jones introduced CDW would be additional to just one of its indexes, they allegedly liquidated the selections the next working day for $112,487 in gains.

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