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Bond Trader’s Judge Asks What’s Puffery and What’s Fraud

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An ex-Jefferies & Co. trader convicted last year of lying to buyers and sellers of mortgage-backed bonds may have done nothing worse in one judge’s view than what a homeowner does when selling a house.

There’s a “certain amount of license and puffery” that goes on in the bond market, especially with “big boys” “who are capable of very sophisticated analysis,” U.S. Circuit Judge Barrington D. Parker said Wednesday during the appeal of Jesse Litvak’s conviction. “This kind of thing goes on all the time.”