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Mutual Fund Trading Abuses: Lessons Can Be Learned from SEC Not Having Detected Violations at an Earlier Stage
GAO-05-313: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2005.
Recent violations uncovered in the mutual fund industry raised questions about the ethical practices of the industry and the quality of its oversight. A widespread abuse involved mutual fund companies' investment advisers (firms that provide management and other services to funds) entering into undisclosed arrangements with favored customers to permit market timing (frequent trading to profit from...
Corporate Credit Unions: Competitive Environment May Stress Financial Condition, Posing Challenges for NCUA Oversight
GAO-04-977: Published: Sep 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2004.
Thousands of credit unions have placed about $55 billion of their excess funds in corporate credit unions (corporates). In a three-tiered system, corporates provide lending, investment, and processing services for their member credit unions. Problems with investments in the past prompted regulatory changes that required higher capitalization and stricter risk management, but allowed for expanded i...
Follow-Up on GAO Recommendations Concerning the Securities Investor Protection Corporation
GAO-04-848R: Published: Jul 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2004.
This letter responds to a Congressional request that GAO report on the status of our recommendations relating to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) oversight of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) and investor education. As requested, this letter also includes information on SIPC's progress in implementing SEC's recommendations from its January 2003 examination of SIP...
Better Information Sharing Among Financial Services Regulators Could Improve Protections for Consumers
GAO-04-882R: Published: Jun 29, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2004.
GAO has long held the position that financial regulators can benefit from improved information sharing. As regulators are faced with the challenges of overseeing a myriad of financial products, along with the individuals and organizations that develop and sell them, information sharing among regulators serves as a key defense against fraud and market abuses. However, our system of financial regula...
Government-Sponsored Enterprises: Creation of a Single Housing GSE Regulator
T-GGD-00-200: Published: Sep 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the regulation of the housing government-sponsored enterprises (GSE).GAO noted that: (1) GAO supports a single housing GSE regulator for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System; (2) selecting a stand-alone agency with a governing board would better ensure the independence and prominence of the regulator and allow it to act i...
Securities Operations: Day Trading Requires Continued Oversight
GGD-00-61: Published: Feb 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed day trading, focusing on: (1) the nature and extent of day trading; (2) regulatory actions taken to address the day trading risks; and (3) the actions day trading firms have taken to address regulatory concerns.GAO noted that: (1) day trading among less experienced investors is an evolving segment of the securities industry; (2) day traders, who re...
Risk-Focused Bank Examinations: Regulators of Large Banking Organizations Face Challenges
GGD-00-48: Published: Jan 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the risk-focused approaches used by the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), focusing on: (1) the general characteristics of the regulators' risk-focused approach to examinations of large, complex banks, explaining how they differ from past examination practices; (2) comparing the implementation of the...
Results Act: Observations on CFTC's Annual Performance Plan
T-GGD-99-10: Published: Oct 8, 1998. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 1998.
GAO discussed the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) fiscal year (FY) 2000 annual performance plan, focusing on five areas in which CFTC could improve its performance plan.GAO noted that: (1) the annual performance plans can be an invaluable tool for making policy decisions, improving program management, enhancing accountability, and communicating to both internal and external audiences...
Post-Hearing Questions on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Year 2000 (Y2K) Preparedness
AIMD-98-108R: Published: Mar 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided additional information on the efforts of the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) to ensure that the bank systems it oversees and its own internal systems are ready for the year 2000, focusing on: (1) a comparison of the relative progress of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and FDIC in both internal and external systems year 2000...
Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Efforts to Ensure Bank Systems Are Year 2000 Compliant
T-AIMD-98-73: Published: Feb 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the progress being made by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in ensuring that the thousands of banks it oversees are ready to handle the year 2000 computer conversion challenge.GAO noted that: (1) the year 2000 problem poses a serious dilemma for banks due to their heavy reliance on information systems; (2) it also poses a challenge...