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  • Dark Markets

    The Wall Street Journal’s coverage of financial markets in 2012 performed a rare and extraordinary service: It exposed evidence of hidden manipulation by corporate executives and professional traders that the markets’ official government watchdogs were utterly unaware of. Reflecting potential widespread harm to millions of ordinary investors, federal prosecutors and securities regulators raced to follow the Journal stories with major investigations. A team of reporters spent six months creating a database examining how more than 20,000 corporate executives traded their own companies’ stocks over the course of eight years. What the team found was disturbing: More than 1,000 executives had generated big profits, or avoided big losses, by trading their company stock in the days ahead of corporate news announcements that led to big moves in the shares. The Journal also exposed a regulatory loophole that had helped the executives take advantage of inside knowledge ahead of other investors. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office and the Securities and Exchange Commission all launched investigations the day the Journal article appeared.
  • Sibilings Fat and Sassy

    Government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two of the largest and most powerful players in the national financial markets. Competitors and some members of the legislature are starting to balk at the heft that the two companies bring to the table. More regulations could be on the way but not without a political fight.
  • Who can you trust? Auditors, analyst and earnings are supposed to help you. Too often they don't.

    Barlett reports that "with financial markets in Tokyo, Seoul, and Moscow imploding, investors are flocking to the U.S., where they know certain bedrock principles still apply..." but "regulators are stepping up the public pressure on companies and accountants." Business week devotes this story to examining the depth of the problem, identifying solutions, and educating investors in self-defense.
  • Do Congressional Hearings Still Matter?, They Still Make a Difference, A Personal Note on Congressional Hearings, A Day in the Life of a Committee, The Changing Role of the Committee

    A World & I three-story special report examines the importance of congressional hearings over the decades after the World War II and today. The main story in the package looks at the role that hearings played in political scandals, discussions of seminal laws, and celebrity showcases. The article also provides insights on how and when some today's politicians - Bill Clinton and his wife amongst them - had their first experience with congressional hearings. Another story reports on the daily work of the Joint Economic Committee, and reveals the mechanisms through which it can impact world financial markets. A third story focuses on the diminishing importance of committees to the legislative process, and the increase of partisanship that further undermines the committee system. "Committees are likely to remain important, but they will become increasingly irrelevant from the standpoint of legislation," the special report concludes.
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    For the first time, American Prospect reports, the Social Security Advisory Council is offering three wide-ranging proposals for restructuring. All three envision investing some Social Security funds in private financial markets. Two of the three would create, for the first time, individual investment accounts financed with Social Security payroll charges.
  • Patrolling the Futures

    The National Law Journal reports that "Regulators say Chicago's two big exchanges are slow to self-police. They say the feds are missing it.... Those (Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOT) compliance procedures are the focus of heightened scrutiny as scandals roil the financial markets... Critics have called for increased public accountability and more federal regulation. The result has been an ongoing melodrama between the government and the world's two largest futures exchanges...."
  • Gretchen Morgenson

    Money documents how the Securities and Exchange Commission has been lax in protecting consumers from fraudulent practices in the financial markets.