Robinhood faces SEC probe related to deals with high-speed traders

Robinhood Markets Inc. faces a civil fraud investigation over its early failure to fully disclose its practice of selling clients' orders to high-speed trading firms, people familiar with the matter said.

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The investigation is at an advanced stage and the company could have to pay a fine exceeding $10 million if it agrees to settle the Securities and Exchange Commission probe, one of the people said. A deal, however, is unlikely to be announced this month, the people said, and the two sides haven't formally negotiated a proposed fine, the person said.

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A Robinhood spokeswoman declined to comment on the investigation or any talks with regulators, but said: "We strive to maintain constructive relationships with our regulators and to cooperate fully with them."

The SEC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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