September 1, 2009 |
The nation's top securities cop is raising concerns about the rich bonuses that some brokerages routinely offer to lure salespeople from rivals. In an open letter on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website Monday, Chairwoman Mary L. Schapiro warned top brokerage executives that "certain forms of potential compensation may carry with them enhanced risks to customers." Specifically, Schapiro's letter focuses on the risk that brokers lured with bonuses might seek to generate commissions big enough "to justify special arrangements that they have been given."
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May 9, 2009 |
As a member of the powerful Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions board, Sean Harrigan's private financial life intersected repeatedly with the business of his agency, which oversees a $10.7-billion portfolio on behalf of retired public employees. Long before he was caught up in a national investigation into the way public pensions are managed, Harrigan took a consulting job with a law firm that was applying to get work from his board, records show.
April 28, 2009 |
Mary Schapiro, the new Securities and Exchange Commission chief, was certain to take a get-tough stance at the agency -- after Bernie Madoff, what other choice did she have? But in addition to all the steps she's taking along those lines -- a new enforcement director, streamlined rules for launching investigations, new procedures for following up on the 2,000 or so hotline tips the agency receives daily -- the SEC also is trying to make itself more transparent.
April 2, 2009 |
A Sacramento company that once was among the nation's fastest-growing ethanol producers says it could run out of cash within a month. Pacific Ethanol Inc. said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it might not be able to continue past April 30 without renegotiating its debts or finding new sources of cash. The company said a bankruptcy filing was possible.
February 10, 2009 |
The top cop at the Securities and Exchange Commission is leaving the government less than a week after receiving an angry dressing-down before Congress over the agency's failure to detect a massive alleged fraud scheme. The SEC said Monday that Linda Thomsen was leaving for the private sector but did not provide details. She has been the agency's enforcement director since May 2005.
December 27, 2008 |
Christopher Cox, the embattled chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is defending his restrained approach to the financial crisis, saying he has provided steady leadership as Wall Street's main regulator at a time when other federal regulators have responded precipitously to upheaval in the markets. During his tenure, the SEC has watched as all the investment banks it oversaw collapsed, were swallowed up or exited their traditional line of business.
November 18, 2008 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission, facing congressional questions over its vigilance in policing Wall Street and corporate fraud, said Monday that it im- posed more than $1 billion in sanctions in the last fiscal year. Fines and orders extracting ill-gotten profits surpassed that amount in the 12 months that ended Sept. 30, the SEC said in an annual report, without giving specific figures. The agency imposed $1.
September 20, 2008 |
Federal regulators rolled out the first pieces of their sweeping plan to end the nation's financial crisis Friday, moving to insure up to $2 trillion in money market mutual funds and temporarily barring investors from betting on the decline of financial company stocks. The moves came as lawmakers awaited the keystone of the new panic-fighting plan -- the proposal for a federal takeover of the troubled mortgage assets that now clog the books of banks and securities firms.
September 20, 2008 |
After the collapse of Enron Corp. in 2001, Wall Street "short sellers" were hailed as heroes for helping to expose the company's massive accounting fraud. Seven years later, the "shorts" -- traders who borrow stock and sell it, expecting to profit from falling prices -- are the reviled black hats of global markets.