CITIC Securities: China’s Leading Brokerage in $166 Billion Error
China’s leading brokerage, CITIC Securities, overstated its derivative business by $166 billion from April to September, according to the country’s securities association.
The Securities Association of China said CITIC Securities inaccurately inflated the amount of its equity swap transactions in a report submitted in October.
CITIC said the error occurred due to a system upgrade and has been corrected.
Investigations have resulted in executives confessing to insider trading at CITIC.
In September, shares of China’s largest state-owned brokerage slumped after it reported that three executives, including its president, were under police investigation.
CITIC has been part of a crackdown by China’s regulators on irregular stock trading since mainland markets plunged dramatically in mid-June.
The securities association, which is partly overseen by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said it was investigating CITIC’s overstatement and would take further action if necessary.
It did add that the error did not affect the month-end net size of CITIC’s business.
The brokerage told the Reuters news agency that it had amended the figures at the start of November and the size of its swaps business was $6.2 billion.
An equity swap is a type of derivative that refers to a cash exchange between realized gains on specific stocks and fixed interest rates over a certain period of time in the future.
Shares of CITIC Securities fell 0.7% in Shanghai.