Crying Foul In Short-Selling Land
Forbes, 9 May 2006
An issue once relegated to conspiracy theorists and boiler-room insiders is about to get its 15 minutes in the sun when the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up naked short-selling in a hearing next Wednesday.
The hearing, which was postponed a week because of scheduling (and what was said to be overwhelming media interest), will focus on a brewing controversy that has already generated lawsuits against hedge funds, broker firms and research analysts alleging market manipulation in short-selling certain thinly traded stocks.
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Naked Shorting Will Cause U.S. Exchange Exodus
Financial Wire, 5 August 2010
This week, an important online news service released an article that should send shockwaves into our public markets. In very curt form, the article chronicles the many abuses of U.S. public companies by short selling manipulators, particularly through naked short selling and regular and derivative based synthetic shorting. By implication, the article recites the sheer embarrassing ineffectiveness of our regulators, who are engaged in a pattern of systematic conflicts of interest with revolving doors that are a major disgrace to our own government.
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Watchdog Alleges Insider Trading At SEC
Forbes, 15 May 2009
The Securities and Exchange Commission is back under fire after the agency’s own watchdog alleged suspicious trading activity and possible insider trading by two staff attorneys.
SEC Inspector General David Kotz says he’s referred his findings to the Department of Justice, which he says is investigating along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As is its standard practice, the DOJ would neither confirm nor deny they are looking into the matter.
The report, dated March 3, details a two-year investigation of two SEC enforcement staff attorneys who may have traded on non-public information or engaging in insider trading in stocks of companies under investigation by the agency.
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In Pursuit of the Naked Short
Alexis Stokes, Texas State University
Journal of Law and Business 5/1 (Spring 2009)
This article explores the origins of naked short-selling litigation; considers
the failures of significant naked short-selling lawsuits in federal court;
surveys the obstacles erected collectively by constitutional standing requirements, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, brokerage firms, death spiral financiers, and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation; examines the efficacy of Regulation SHO, SEC rule 10b-21, and new FINRA rules; discusses recent state legislation and state court litigation; and identifies non-litigation options to curb naked short-selling. Ultimately, this article seeks to answer the question: If manipulative naked short-selling is more than a mythological scapegoat for
small cap failure, what remedies are, or should be, available?
PDF (62 Pages): Article In Pursuit of the Naked Short
Goldman Snared In Naked Shorting Probe
Forbes, 14 March 2007
One of Wall Street’s biggest prime brokers has been taken to task by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Big Board for not catching on to its customers’ illegal trading activities.
Goldman Sach’s clearing and execution division is paying $2 million to settle accusations it relied too heavily on what its customers told it without investigating trading activity that showed signs of something being amiss.
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Naked and Confused
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.
Naked Short Victim Strikes Back
Forbes, 2 February 2007
Overstock.com filed a $3.5 billion lawsuit in California state court Friday accusing 10 of the largest U.S. securities firms of participating in a “massive, illegal stock market manipulation scheme” to distort its stock.
Liz Moyer is CNBC digital Investing Editor, after a varied career as an editor with The New York Times (2015-2017), reporter with the Wall Street Journal (2013-2015), reporter with Dow Jones Newswires (2010-2013), senior writer with Forbes (2005-2010), editor and reporter with American Banker (1996-2005), and reporter with Thomson Financial (1994-1996).
She earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia (1991) and a BS in Diplomacy from Georgetown (1989).
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The Story of Deep Capture
By Mark Mitchell, with reporting by the Deep Capture Team
The Columbia School of Journalism is our nation’s finest. They grant the Pulitzer Prize, and their journal, The Columbia Journalism Review, is the profession’s gold standard. CJR reporters are high priests of a decaying temple, tending a flame in a land going dark. In 2006 a CJR editor (a seasoned journalist formerly with Time magazine in Asia, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and The Far Eastern Economic Review) called me to discuss suspicions he was forming about the US financial media. I gave him leads but warned, “Chasing this will take you down a rabbit hole with no bottom.” For months he pursued his story against pressure and threats he once described as, “something out of a Hollywood B movie, but unlike the movies, the evil corporations fighting the journalist are not thugs burying toxic waste, they are Wall Street and the financial media itself.” His exposé reveals a circle of corruption enclosing venerable Wall Street banks, shady offshore financiers, and suspiciously compliant reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, CNBC, and The New York Times. If you ever wonder how reporters react when a journalist investigates them (answer: like white-collar crooks they dodge interviews, lie, and hide behind lawyers), or if financial corruption interests you, then this is for you. It makes Grisham read like a book of bedtime stories, and exposes a scandal that may make Enron look like an afternoon tea.
Introduction By Patrick M. Byrne, Deep Capture Reporter
PDF (69 Pages): Deep Capture Story