IN THE MATTER OF optionsXpress Canada Corp. - Settlement Accepted

Jan 09, 2013, 12:34 ET from Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News

TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - On December 19, 2012, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) accepted a Settlement Agreement between IIROC staff and optionsXpress Canada Corp. (optionsXpress).

optionsXpress admitted that it failed to correct deficiencies identified during a Business Conduct Compliance Examination despite representing that it would do so.

Specifically, optionsXpress admitted to the following violation:

a)      Between April 2008 and January 2012, optionsXpress failed to correct deficiencies identified during a Business Conduct Compliance Examination despite representing that it would do so and in doing so:
  i.      Failed to maintain a proper supervisory system, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rules 29.27 and 38.1; and,
  ii.      Failed to observe high standards of ethics and conduct in the transaction of its business and engaged in business conduct or practice which is unbecoming or detrimental to the public interest, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1 (IDA By-law 29.1 prior to June 1, 2008).

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, optionsXpress agreed to the following penalty:

(a)      A fine of $65,000

optionsXpress also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $2,500.

The Settlement Agreement is available at: and the panel's decision will be made available at

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings - including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into optionsXpress' conduct in August 2012.  optionsXpress is an IIROC-regulated firm.

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