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FINRA fines Guggenheim for failing to supervise two CDO traders

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Oct 11 (Reuters) - Guggenheim Securities LLC has beenordered to pay a fine of $800,000 for failing to supervise twotraders who tried to hide a trading loss, Wall Street'sindustry-funded regulator said.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) alsosuspended Alexander Rekeda, the former head of Guggenheim'scollateralized debt obligation (CDO) desk, for one year andfined him $50,000. Timothy Day, a trader on Guggenheim's CDODesk, was suspended for four months and fined $20,000.

FINRA said the traders, who had lost money on a 5 millioneuro ($6.45 million) junk-rated collateralized loan obligation,tricked a hedge fund into overpaying for the CLO by falselypresenting it as part of a package offered by a third party.

After the customer queried the pricing, the traders and thehedge fund reached a deal under which the hedge fund agreed tooverpay in return for cash and breaks on fees, FINRA said.

FINRA, which does not regulate hedge funds, did not identifythe hedge fund.

"Guggenheim's inadequate supervision allowed their tradersto engage in extensive and repeated inappropriate actions to tryto conceal a trading loss," Brad Bennett, FINRA's vice presidentand chief of enforcement, said in a statement.

As part of the settlement, Guggenheim has to retain anindependent consultant to review its supervisory procedures.($1 = 0.7751 euros)

(Reporting by Sharanya Hrishikesh and Anil D'Silva inBangalore; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal)

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