Release Number 8389-21

CFTC Orders Connecticut Firm to Pay $500,000 for Wash Sales

May 18, 2021

— The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today issued an order filing and settling charges against respondent SummerHaven Investment Management LLC, a Connecticut commodity trading advisor and commodity pool operator, for engaging in wash sales and non-competitive transactions on the InterContinental Exchange and various Chicago Mercantile Exchange exchanges, and for failing to diligently supervise its activities.

The order requires SummerHaven to pay a civil monetary penalty of $500,000 and to cease and desist from further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, as charged.

Case Background

According to the order, SummerHaven engaged in multiple wash sales and non-competitive transactions while moving positions held by a client from one futures commission merchant (FCM) to another. Specifically, on July 2, 2018, SummerHaven placed offsetting buy and sell orders at each FCM, resulting in a series of pre-arranged offsetting trades in contracts for crude oil, heating oil, gasoil, live cattle, lean hogs, soybean meal, gasoline, cocoa, and cotton. In total, SummerHaven made more than 100 non-competitive prearranged trades with an aggregate value of more than $570 million. The order finds that SummerHaven failed in its supervisory duties because it did not have policies or procedures in place to prohibit wash sales or non-competitive transactions, and because the decision to execute wash sales and non-competitive transactions was reviewed and directed by senior supervisory management, including SummerHaven’s then-Chief Compliance Officer and then-Managing Partner.

The Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this action are Kevin Samuel, Brian Hunt, Alison Wilson, Michael Loconte, Erica Bodin, Linda Chalet, Kelly Beck, and Rick Glaser.