A report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found five global banks moved “staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks that have spread chaos and undermined democracy around the world.”
A blog published by the University of North Carolina School of Journalism reported recently that Steve Cohen of hedge fund SAC Capital managed to kill a story by Reuters reporter Matt Goldstein. It seems that Goldstein was going to shed some light on allegations that Cohen engaged in insider trading. Cohen didn’t like that, and got in touch with Goldstein’s superiors.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — The Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox on Tuesday said the regulator planned to crack down on naked short-selling of Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac. Cox said in a testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday that the agency will require short-sellers to borrow shares of the two government-sponsored mortgage giants and broker dealers including Lehman Brothers (LEH) , Goldman Sachs (GS) – Get Report, Merrill Lynch (MER) and Morgan Stanley (MS) – Get Report before selling them. The new restrictions are called for under a temporary emergency order that expires in 30 days.
For a refresher on why this is a big deal, here you go.
The traditional method for making money in the stock market is to “buy low and sell high.” But there is another way to profit called “shorting,” where the trick is to “sell high and buy low.” There are strict rules when it comes to shorting stocks, however. One way they are broken is via naked shorting.
In an interview for a financial website, Jim Cramer, the extroverted host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” boasted about manipulatin Cramer g stock prices when he was a Wall Street trader.
In a webcast on TheStreet.com that has been widely viewed on YouTube, Mr. Cramer spoke about bringing down the prices of a high-flying stock and admitted that his actions might have been illegal.
“A lot of times when I was short, I would create a level of activity beforehand that would drive the futures. . . . It’s a fun game,” he said in the interview with TheStreet.com’s executive editor Aaron Task.
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
The Fox News Network has settled a lawsuit against TheStreet.com and its co-founder, the hedge fund manager James J. Cramer, after the financial news site canceled a program on the Fox News Channel, a cable channel.
The terms of the settlement include a promise by TheStreet.com not to produce a similar show for another network before May 1, 2001. Mr. Cramer promised to make only occasional appearances on other networks until then.