SEC Examining Possible Wall Street Leaks

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by S2007S, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. S2007S


    SEC Examining Possible Wall Street Leaks
    Tuesday February 6, 12:53 pm ET
    By Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer
    SEC Examining Possible Leaks of Inside Tips on Wall Street

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining possible leaks from major Wall Street investment houses of inside information on large trades to valued clients in a preliminary yet broad inquiry, an SEC official confirmed Tuesday.

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    The examination by SEC inspectors seeks to determine whether the illegal use of confidential information, such as large stock trades by mutual funds, is widespread among Wall Street investment banks' clients such as hedge funds. Inside knowledge of planned large purchases or sales of stock could provide an advance indicator of the stock's direction that wouldn't be available to most market participants.

    The inquiry by the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, known as OCIE, was first reported in Tuesday's editions of The New York Times. The newspaper, citing unnamed executives at Wall Street banks, said the examination touched on the major institutions including Merrill Lynch & Co., Morgan Stanley Inc. and UBS -- which it said were among the banks that received letters from the SEC seeking information.

    Employees of the investment banks could be leaking the inside information on stock trades to favored clients like hedge funds in order to curry favor with them, and the clients can use the tips to make trades at another bank so as to muddy the trail, the Times suggested.

    Lori Richards, the director of OCIE, confirmed the existence of the inquiry but did not confirm or provide details.

    "We're looking at information broadly in the industry," she said in a telephone interview.

    Richards said the inquiry was prompted by complaints from mutual funds that information concerning their stock transactions appeared to be leaked to other market players who used it to trade ahead of the mutual funds. The move can lessen the mutual funds' profit on the trades, the fund companies have complained.

    Richards said her office was looking into the allegations in a broad examination. "It's fact-finding," she said. "We don't know whether this exists."

    If evidence were found of such illegal insider trading, the SEC could upgrade the examination to a formal investigation, enabling the agency to issue subpoenas for documents rather than requesting them.

    Spokesmen for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley declined to comment to The Associated Press and would not confirm that the banks had received letters from the SEC inspectors seeking information on stock trading for the last two weeks of September, as the Times reported. UBS spokesmen didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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  2. and of course, this surprises no one! :p
  3. You mean they are claiming that some guy on a desk might get a humongous trade and tip off his brother in law at a hedge fund so he could front run it?

    Come on, who believes this. Next someone will be claiming that they doctor research reports to get underwriting business.

    Link above contains a report on the options markets purposefully leaked from within the SEC. Share it with a friend.

    The SEC has done nothing on this issue, even though they are aware that the document is now public. Shameless.

    The kicker? All the violations happened to "retail" investors - whom the SEC is charged with protecting. The SEC still has done nothing. I know of a number of traders hurt by this issue.

    There is only one thing that motivates the SEC. Their funding comes from Congress. For any issue similar to this, contact members of the House Committee on Financial Services.
  5. Don't worry. The SEC is useless unless you give it to them on a golden platter, and still they have trouble with the neurons firing.
  6. Wait, this can't be true.

    There's no way the government would allow such gaming of the markets.

    If true, this would destroy any notion of an 'efficient market,' fairly and freely accessible to all, based on honest reporting of objective criteria with which to value securities.

    It would be unfair and unethical.

  7. See the post above yours. The SEC created this issue, themselves, on a golden platter. They still can't seem to protect the public.

    (Makes it funny to watch Chairman Cox, though, promising to protect public investors).
  8. The SEC is ruthless in tracking down and punishing teenagers running pump and dump schemes from their bedroom.
  9. You mean like this kid! :p
  10. the sec calls me every week, asking about my 100 share buys of SIRI. You too, huh.
    #10     Feb 7, 2007