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SEC Charges Illinois With Fraud -- and Settles Immediately

On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a notice that simultaneously charged the state of Illinois with committing securities fraud and also settled the charges, without requiring Illinois to either "admit or deny" the agency's findings.

Post-Financial Crisis, the SEC Is More Toothless Than Ever

Whether you have millions of dollars invested in stocks, or a few thousand bucks in mutual funds, it's vitally important to you that the SEC -- Wall Street's top cop -- is doing its duty, and enforcing the law. But a new report casts doubt on whether our financial cop is really on the beat.

Exchanges Seek Test Program for Small, Mid-Cap Stock Pricing

Representatives from NYSE Euronext, Nasdaq OMX and BATS Global Markets will be among the experts to gather during a daylong roundtable at the Securities and Exchange Commission to discuss tick sizes, or the minimum pricing increment that can be used to trade securities.

JPMorgan CEO Sees Pay Slashed Over London Whale Trading Loss

JPMorgan Chase reported a 55 percent jump in earnings for the fourth quarter as mortgage fees and other income surged. The bank also released its reviews of a $6 billion trading loss that drew sanctions from regulators, and said it would cut CEO Jamie Dimon's pay by more than half as a result.

10 Mistakes That Turn Investors Into Their Own Worst Enemies

The hardest part of investing can sometimes be getting out of your own way. Too often, we let emotions guide our investing strategies, with disastrous results. A new study reveals the most common mistakes: We've summed up the popular pitfalls so you can avoid them.

Insider Trading at Playboy: The Case Against Christie Hefner's Husband Revealed

Christie Hefner, daughter of Hugh Hefner, was in control of Playboy Enterprises for two decades as its CEO. What she wasn't in control of was her husband, William Marovitz, who was secretly trading Playboy stock based on inside information. A new report by Bloomberg reveals the details of his transgressions for the first time.

Entrepreneur of the Year Allegedly Stole $40 Million From Investors

A Miami businessman whom Ernst & Young once named "Entrepreneur of the Year" has been accused of swindling $40 million from investors, including some NBA stars, to support a lavish lifestyle. Venezuelan-born Claudio Osorio, 54, was arrested Friday and charged with 23 counts of fraud and money laundering .

Why High-Speed Trading Is Still a Huge Flash Crash Threat

On May 6, 2010, the Dow suddenly dropped 600 points and then just as quickly recovered, and high-frequency trading became a new economic bogeyman. But then, without its dangers being addressed, HFT slipped back into the shadows. Now, an upcoming report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission may finally change all that.

Mary Schapiro Stepping Down After Leading SEC in Crisis

Mary Schapiro is stepping down as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission after helping lead the Obama administration's regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC says Schapiro will leave on Dec. 14.

NYSE Paying $5 Million Fine to Settle Charges on Data

The New York Stock Exchange is paying $5 million to settle federal civil charges that it gave some customers an unfair head start by providing them with trading data ahead of the wider public. It marked the first time the Securities and Exchange Commission ever imposed a fine on an exchange.

The (Welcome) Death of a Stock Salesman

It's the end of an era... or at least of a notable decade. Earlier this month, penny-stock promoter Wall Street News Alert announced it is winding down after a decade-long run. In a widely distributed press release that at times sounded like a eulogy to the dearly departed, WSNA confirmed that it "has left the investor relations business."

SEC Requires Uniform System for U.S. Stock Exchanges

U.S. stock exchanges and markets must establish a uniform system for tracking all orders and trades under an SEC rule approved Wednesday. The change should make it easier for the government to investigate market disruptions like the 2010 Flash Crash.

Credit Default Swaps: Still Here, Still Able to Wreak Havoc

JPMorgan Chase's rapid $2 billion trading loss reportedly involved credit default swaps -- the same investments that played such a large role in the financial crisis. Here's why credit default swaps still pose such a threat to the U.S. economy.

SEC Warns of Social Media Schemes After Fraud Case

Regulators are warning the public to be wary of social media sites that could be offering bogus investment schemes. The warning follows civil charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against an Illinois-based investment adviser who tried to sell fraudulent securities through Linkedin.

L.A. Radio Host Charged With Ponzi Scheme

An Iranian-American businessman who hosted a popular Persian language radio show called Economy Today has been indicted on charges that he robbed investors of $20 million in a Ponzi scheme than ran for six years.

Is Facebook Finally Ready to IPO?

Facebook may finally be ready to go public in the second quarter of 2012. At an estimated valuation of $100 billion, the social networking giant is probably no longer a ground-floor opportunity -- but could even that number be too low?

Was Kris Humphries Conned By a Financial Scammer?

Kris Humphries may be mourning the death of his brief marriage to Kim Kardashian, but that may not be the only thing he has lost recently. It appears he may have been the victim of financial fraud, losing perhaps several hundred thousand dollars. Let his case be a warning to you: Here's what to watch out for.

Why You Should Care
About the Volcker Rule

This week, the government took a big first step toward shutting down the Can't Lose Room in the Wall Street Casino. It's now one comment period away from enacting the Volcker Rule, which limits the kinds of risky investments banks can make with money insured by the U.S. taxpayer.

SEC Claims Dead Money Manager Sold Fake Bonds

The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued the estate of money manager Joel David Salinas, the president of J. David Financial who died last month, and Brian Bjork, chief investment officer of Select Asset Management, for allegedly selling $50 million of fake bonds.

The Financial Landscape: BAC Settles, FINRA Flexes

Bank of America will soon finalize an $8.5 billion agreement to settle investor claims that Countrywide sold them lousy mortgage-backed securities before the housing bust. Meanwhile, private regulator FINRA is angling to take over the watchdog role for registered investment advisers.

Stock-Based Loans: Quick Cash, but Watch Your Assets

If you need cash and have investments you don't want to sell, a stock-based loan may sound like a good idea. But the unregulated stock-based loan industry can be a risky way to tap into the value of your portfolio, warns the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

The Financial Landscape: Debt Woes, Hedge Fund Regs

Politicians in both Greece and the U.S. are struggling to find the common ground necessary to keep their governments from defaulting on their debts; QE2 hasn't ended yet, and already the Fed is considering QE3; and the SEC finally starts to regulate Wall Street's hedge funds.

The Financial Landscape: SEC Fines JPM Over CDOs

The news across the financial world is good for unions, which will find organizing a bit easier; adequate for Greece, which will find getting bailed out a bit easier, and bitter for JPMorgan which had to accept a $153.6 million SEC fine for misleading investors about a mortgage securities transaction.

Do You Know How Your Financial Adviser Gets Paid?

Most investors don't know how their financial advisers are compensated -- many even think they are getting their advice for free. It's not a trivial matter: How you pay your adviser affects the rules they must adhere to, and the degree to which they have to put your interests first.