Securities (61 - 70 of 328 items)
Financial Product Sales: Actions Needed to Protect Military Members
GAO-06-245T: Published: Nov 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2005.
In 2004, a series of media articles alleged that financial firms were marketing expensive and potentially unnecessary insurance or other financial products to members of the military. GAO's report for this committee examined (1) features and marketing of certain insurance and securities products being sold to military members and (2) how financial regulators and the Department of Defense (DOD) wer...
Securities Markets: Decimal Pricing has Contributed to Lower Trading Costs and a More Challenging Trading Environment
GAO-05-535: Published: May 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2005.
In early 2001, U.S. stock and option markets began quoting prices in decimal increments rather than fractions of a dollar. At the same time, the minimum price increment, or tick size, was reduced to a penny on the stock markets and to 10 cents and 5 cents on the option markets. Although many believe that decimal pricing has benefited small individual (retail) investors, concerns have been raised t...
SEC Mutual Fund Oversight: Positive Actions Are Being Taken, but Regulatory Challenges Remain
GAO-05-692T: Published: Jun 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2005.
Trading abuses--including market timing and late trading violations--uncovered among some of the most well-known companies in the mutual fund industry permitted favored customers to profit at the expense of long-term shareholders. Questions have also been raised as to why the New York State Office of the Attorney General identified the trading abuses in September 2003 before the industry's primary...
Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2004 and 2003 Financial Statements
GAO-05-281: Published: Feb 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2005.
GAO is required to annually audit the financial statements of the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF), Savings Association Insurance Fund (SAIF), and FSLIC Resolution Fund (FRF), which are administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). GAO is responsible for obtaining reasonable assurance about whether FDIC's financial statements for BIF, SAIF, and FRF are presented fairly in all material...
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...
Securities Markets: Preliminary Observations on the Use of Subpenny Pricing
GAO-04-968T: Published: Jul 22, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2004.
In 2001, U.S. stock and options markets, which had previously quoted prices in fractions, began quoting in decimals. Since then, various positive and negative effects have been attributed to the transition to decimal pricing. As part of this transition, the major stock markets chose one penny ($.01) as the minimum price variation for quoting prices for orders to buy or sell. However, some electron...
Securities Markets: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Investor Confidence and Improve Listing Program Oversight
GAO-04-75: Published: Apr 8, 2004. Publicly Released: May 11, 2004.
The equity listing standards of the three largest U.S. securities markets--the American Stock Exchange (Amex), the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (NASDAQ), and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)--have received heightened attention as part of efforts to restore investor confidence following the 2001 terrorist attacks and the unexpected corporate failures beginning that year. GAO was asked to discuss (1)...
Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2003 and 2002 Financial Statements
GAO-04-429: Published: Feb 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2004.
GAO is required to annually audit the financial statements of the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF), Savings Association Insurance Fund (SAIF), and FSLIC Resolution Fund (FRF), which are administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). GAO is responsible for obtaining reasonable assurance about whether FDIC's financial statements for BIF, SAIF, and FRF, are presented fairly in all materia...
Government-Sponsored Enterprises: A Framework for Strengthening GSE Governance and Oversight
GAO-04-269T: Published: Feb 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
Congress established government sponsored enterprises (GSE)-- such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHLBank System, and the Farm Credit System--to facilitate the development of mortgage and agricultural lending in the United States. Although the federal government does not explicitly guarantee the GSEs' approximately $4.4 trillion in financial obligations, the potential exists that the government w...