Brokerage industry (11 - 20 of 69 items)
Lost Security Holders: SEC Should Use Data to Evaluate Its 1997 Rule
GAO-01-978: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
One in eight Americans are entitled to unclaimed and abandoned assets, according to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. These unclaimed and abandoned assets include savings and checking accounts, securities, paychecks, insurance settlements, and utility and rental deposits. Most of this money is unclaimed because the owner moved and simply forgot about the account, chang...
Securities Investor Protection: Steps Needed to Better Disclose SIPC Policies to Investors
GAO-01-653: Published: May 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2001.
The Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 created the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) to help protect customers against losses from the failure of a securities firm. However, the large number of claims denied in several recent SIPC liquidation proceedings has raised concerns that some SIPC policies and practices may unduly limit the actual protection afforded customers. This...
Evaluation of Steps Taken to Address the Problem of Unpaid Arbitration Awards
GAO-01-654R: Published: Apr 27, 2001. Publicly Released: May 8, 2001.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and securities self-regulatory organizations have taken actions that should help reduce the occurrence of unpaid arbitration awards. However, more time is needed to assess the effectiveness of the actions taken to date. Although recent data suggest that the percentage of unpaid awards has decreased, this data was limited to a very short time span. That...
Securities Pricing: Trading Volumes and NASD System Limitations Led to Decimal-Trading Delay
GGD/AIMD-00-319: Published: Sep 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the progress that the securities industry has made toward the implementation of decimal pricing for U.S. stocks, focusing on: (1) what were the specific reasons that the Nasdaq market was not ready for the July 3, 2000, implementation date and how the National Association of Securities Dealers', Inc. (NASD) decimal-trading preparations compared wit...
Securities Arbitration: Actions Needed to Address Problem of Unpaid Awards
GGD-00-115: Published: Jun 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on issues relating to the arbitration process in the securities industry, focusing on: (1) whether arbitration forums had implemented recommendations made in GAO's 1992 report and whether the changes were effective; (2) how investors fared in award decisions; and (3) the extent to which investors were paid the amounts awarded by arbitra...
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...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Adoption of Amendments to the Intermarket Trading System Plan to Expand the ITS/Computer Assisted Execution System Linkage to All Listed Securities
OGC-00-15: Published: Dec 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) new rule on amending the Intermarket Trading System Plan. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule amends the plan governing the operation of the Intermarket Trading System; and (2) SEC complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule...
Long-Term Capital Management: Regulators Need to Focus Greater Attention on Systemic Risk
GGD-00-3: Published: Oct 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) funds, focusing on: (1) how LTCM's positions became large and leveraged enough to be deemed a potential systemic threat; (2) what federal regulators knew about LTCM and when they found out about its problems; (3) what the extent of coordination among regulators was; and (4) whether regulatory autho...
Securities and Exchange Commission: Regulation of Takeovers and Security Holder Communications
OGC-00-12: Published: Nov 19, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) new rule on the regulation of takeovers and security holder communications. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the regulations applicable to takeover transactions (including tender offers, mergers, acquisitions, and similar extraordinary transactions) to permit significantly more communication...
Securities Regulation: Actions Taken to Improve Nasdaq Listing Procedures
GGD-99-53: Published: Apr 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. have implemented the recommendations from a previous GAO report, focusing on the status of Nasdaq's: (1) response to recommendations SEC made as part of its oversight of Nasdaq's Listing Qualifications Department (NLQ); and (2) new automated Risk Scoring Compliance S...