Article: Naked and Confused

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Naked and Confused

Liz Moyer

Forbes, 12 February 2007

How a tiny software outfit fell victim to an illegal but unrestrained practice known as naked short-selling.

Most investors have never heard of Sedona (otcbb: SDNA.OB news people ) Corp., a piddling Pennsylvania outfit that sells customer relationship management software for small U.S. banks and credit unions. But to a rogue band of short-selling hedge fund managers, Sedona was prime meat.

Article: Naked Short Selling – How Exposed Are Investors?

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Naked Short Selling: How Exposed are Investors?

James W. Christian, Robert Shapiro, John-Paul Whalen

The Houston Law Review, 10 November 2006

Regulation SHO is a start, but in order to guarantee a fair market place, the SEC must close the loopholes in Regulation SHO and institute comprehensive reforms to the clearing and settlement system. Until the SEC makes these necessary reforms and addresses the DTCC’s mismanagement of the Stock Borrow Program, investors will continue to be exposed to the manipulative potential of naked short selling.

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Article: Hedge Fund Hell

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Hedge Fund Hell

Liz Moyer

Forbes cited by RGM Communications via Wayback, 28 July 2006

Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings filed a $5 billion lawsuit against SAC Capital, Rocker Partners and a number of other hedge funds, claiming they manipulated the insurance company’s stock, shearing its market cap by one-third.

Earlier this week, the regulatory arm of NYSE Group, fined Daiwa Securities America, Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, Credit Suisse Securities, and Citigroup Global Markets $1.25 million for violations of Regulation SHO–a rule put in place in January 2005 to clamp down on abuses–related to how they handle and monitor short-sale transactions by hedge funds and other clients.

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Article: ‘Naked’ short selling is center of looming legal battle

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‘Naked’ short selling is center of looming legal battle

Companies on the defensive seize upon an aggressive form of shorting

Alistair Barr

MarketWatch, 14 June 2006

By one contentious estimate, it’s a big problem plaguing more than 10% of stocks on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. An NYSE probe into whether naked shorting was used to force down shares of Vonage Holdings Corp. VG, +3.53% lower during the Internet phone company’s May initial public offering has added fuel to the fire. See full story.

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Web: Stockgate Report – Investrend Article on Targeting of DTCC by NASAA members for Subpoenas

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Stockgate Report: Investrend Article on Targeting of DTCC by NASAA members for Subpoenas

Bud Burrell

FinancialWire cited by Sanity Check via Wayback, 14 February 2006

FinancialWire has learned from a highly-placed informed source that the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. appears to be a target of an enforcement action by the multi-state task force formed by the North American Securities Administrators Association.

If so, this would explain a recent flurry of posts and press releases by the DTCC denying any complicity in the exploding national illegal manipulative trading scandal known as StockGate, embroiling Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK), Krispy Kreme Donuts (NYSE: KKD) and Martha Stewart OmniLiving (NYSE: MSO), as well as provide a measure of validation to rampant rumors that the clearing house, jointly owned by the NASD and the New York Stock Exchange has received subpoenas.

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Article: Manipulation and Markets

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Manipulation and Markets

Steven Syre

The Boston Globe cited  by RGM Communications via Wayback, 31 January 2006

American Business Financial Services Inc. was a big business with serious problems long before it ended up on the bankruptcy liquidation scrap heap. The company’s line on its own slow-motion demise relied heavily on stock market conspiracy theories.

The Philadelphia subprime lender has filed several lawsuits claiming illegal market manipulation by investors trying to profit on the company’s woes. The latest version was filed last month in federal court in Delaware by its bankruptcy trustee against Boston Partners Asset Management.

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Web: Federal Regulators Continue to Deny Scope and Implications of Counterfeiting

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Federal Regulators Continue to Deny Scope and Implications of Counterfeiting

Bud Burrell

Sanity Check via Wayback, 10 January 2006

Over the past three years, Federal Regulators have continued to systematically deny the evidence of the existence of massive fails to deliver from numerous sources, many of which have gotten credible exposure on numerous levels from highly informed parties that these regulators can not dismiss out of hand. The implications are many, but the most serious are those connected to a massive counterfeiting conspiracy, conducted by a very sophisticated coterie of parties who have been affiliated with one another for literally decades through varying sides of the securities industry, both buy and sell side.

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Article: The Naked Truth on Illegal Shorting

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The Naked Truth on Illegal Shorting

Karl Thiel

The Motley Fool cited  by RGM Communications via Wayback, 24 March 2005

It’s amazing how the word “naked” can liven up a discussion. Take naked short selling, for instance. The addition of this saucy little word turns the mundane act of borrowing and selling shares of stock in hopes of buying them back later at a lower price into a raging controversy fraught with conspiracy, secret identities, public recriminations, foreign intrigue, sports team owners, and now some of the top regulators in the land.

How can one word cause so much trouble? While legal short sellers must borrow the shares they sell, naked short sellers sell shares of stock they haven’t borrowed, have no intention of borrowing, and that may not even exist. Not surprisingly, this activity is illegal and has been since the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. But for a number of reasons, regulators have overlooked it in the past.

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