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China's CITIC, Guosen Securities probed by regulators

CITIC Securities, China's biggest brokerage, and smaller rival Guosen Securities are under investigation by regulators as the government looks to clean up the financial sector.

CITIC and Guosen said the China Securities Regulatory Commission had launched an investigation into alleged violations of securities supervision and management regulations.

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Source: Guosen Securities
Home page of Guosen Securities

The brokerages said in separate filings on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchange on Thursday that they would cooperate fully with the investigations, and that there was no impact on their current operations.

The Securities Association of China (SAC) said on Wednesday CITIC Securities had overstated the value of some of its financial derivatives by more than 1 trillion yuan ($156.51 billion) in its monthly reports from April to September.

SAC said the inaccuracies were in the brokerage's statistical reports on over-the-counter equity swap deals, some of which were carried out during the summer's stock market rout.

In late August, four senior executives at CITIC Securities confessed to insider dealing during an investigation into the market crash, state media reported.

This week, Xinhua reported that anti-corruption probes had also been launched into Guotai Junan Securities Co Ltd and Haitong Securities Co Ltd.