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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The SEC Raises Concerns About Leveraged ETFs

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Officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have raised questions about ETFs, specifically about their roles in market volatility last month, the Wall Street Journal reports.

SEC officials are focusing on leveraged ETFs, which amplify investor bets, often through derivatives, as part of a broader look into exotic trading vehicles and high-frequency trading. Last week, SEC officials reportedly spoke to Thomas Peterffy, chief executive of Interactive Brokers Group Inc., whose Timber Hill unit is one of the biggest market makers in ETFs.

Peterffy said he was asked if leveraged ETFs can add to the market's volatility at the open and close of trading. He told the SEC that ETF trading can produce big swings anytime during the trading day.  

Edited by: Hung Tran

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