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    Insider trading ban passes Senate

    This is some good news.

    Insider trading ban passes Senate | Politics Blog | an SFGate.com blog
    The so-called STOCK Act to ban insider trading by members of Congress, their staff and some administration officials, and speed up reporting of stock trades, passed the Senate 96-3 today and is on its way to President Obamaís signature.

    The legislation was triggered by a 60-Minutes television report that focused on stock trades in VISA by House minority leader Nancy Pelosiís husband Paul. Pelosi vigorously and credibly denied that she used her position to influence the trades.
    Showing that she can be a master of spin, Pelosi managed to transform herself from the subject of an unflattering hit piece to champion of Congressional reform, first by confronting the 60-Minutes report and then by embracing the reform legislation, and blaming Republicans for trying to water it down.
    The other irony is of course that Congress was never exempt from insider trading rules to begin with. Securities and Exchange Commission officials successfully persuaded Congress not to create a separate law for Congress, but to clarify the existing ban and speed up disclosures of stock trades. Currently members have to report annually, which makes insider-trading cases impossible to prove or even detect; the new legislation requires 30-day disclosure on a public and searchable web database. SEC officials said instant disclosure would be far preferable, but members objected to the paperwork burden.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Well thank god. This should of been made law sense the beginning of time...


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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Or at least since 1929.

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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    This is some good news.

    Insider trading ban passes Senate | Politics Blog | an SFGate.com blog
    The so-called STOCK Act to ban insider trading by members of Congress, their staff and some administration officials, and speed up reporting of stock trades, passed the Senate 96-3 today and is on its way to President Obama’s signature.

    The legislation was triggered by a 60-Minutes television report that focused on stock trades in VISA by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul. Pelosi vigorously and credibly denied that she used her position to influence the trades.
    Showing that she can be a master of spin, Pelosi managed to transform herself from the subject of an unflattering hit piece to champion of Congressional reform, first by confronting the 60-Minutes report and then by embracing the reform legislation, and blaming Republicans for trying to water it down.
    The other irony is of course that Congress was never exempt from insider trading rules to begin with. Securities and Exchange Commission officials successfully persuaded Congress not to create a separate law for Congress, but to clarify the existing ban and speed up disclosures of stock trades. Currently members have to report annually, which makes insider-trading cases impossible to prove or even detect; the new legislation requires 30-day disclosure on a public and searchable web database. SEC officials said instant disclosure would be far preferable, but members objected to the paperwork burden.
    Yes, this is very good news. I'm anxious to see that public/searchable online database. This is going to crimp their style. The better solution would be that any member of congress (and certain others) is required to have their assets managed from a blind trust, but this is definitely an improvement over once-a-year reporting.
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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Taking bets on massive loopholes put in place so they can continue as usual.
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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Taking bets on massive loopholes put in place so they can continue as usual.
    Whats how to become an EX-incumbant for $1000, Alex?

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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Correct me if I am wrong here... but isn't there already laws on the books for insider trading? Does the senate really feel it needs to pass a law of its members not to break the law?

    What is a gigantic waste of time for the..... zew zew zew zew the daily double.

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    Re: Insider trading ban passes Senate

    Quote Originally Posted by 00timh View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong here... but isn't there already laws on the books for insider trading? Does the senate really feel it needs to pass a law of its members not to break the law?

    What is a gigantic waste of time for the..... zew zew zew zew the daily double.

    Obviously the current law didn't apply to Pelosi and others who have engaged in insider trading.
    Pelosi aide calls '60 Minutes' report a 'smear'

    "There is no law that says a congressman can't go into the cloakroom, hear some information that is about to have an important impact on a company and then, before it becomes public, go right to his stockbroker and trade," Ziobrowski said. "It is a tremendous temptation."

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...#ixzz1pxx9lEOq
    Last edited by jamesrage; 03-23-12 at 02:29 PM.
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