Securities regulation (41 - 50 of 220 items)
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...
Financial Market Preparedness: Improvements Made, but More Action Needed to Prepare for Wide-Scale Disasters
GAO-04-984: Published: Sep 27, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2004.
In February 2003 reports, GAO identified actions needed to better prepare critical financial market participants for wide-scale disasters, such as terrorist attacks. To determine progress made since then, GAO assessed (1) actions that critical securities market organizations took to improve their ability to prevent and recover from disruptions, (2) actions that financial market and telecommunicati...
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...
Securities Investor Protection: Update on Matters Related to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation
GAO-03-811: Published: Jul 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2003.
As result of ongoing concerns about the adequacy of disclosures provided to investors about the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) and investors' responsibilities to protect their investments, GAO issued a report in 2001 entitled Securities Investor Protection: Steps Needed to Better Disclose SIPC Policies to Investors (GAO-01-653). GAO was asked to determine the status of recommend...
SEC Enforcement: More Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Disgorgement Collections
GAO-02-771: Published: Jul 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2002.
Every year investors lose money to individuals and corporations that violate federal securities laws. One mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to deter such violations and return lost funds to investors. SEC's primary tool is the disgorgement order, which requires violators to give up money obtained through securities law violations. In order for disgorgement to succeed, SEC...
Securities Markets: Competition and Multiple Regulators Heighten Concerns about Self-Regulation
GAO-02-362: Published: May 3, 2002. Publicly Released: May 3, 2002.
In the securities markets, competition among self-regulatory organizations (SRO) and their members for customer orders has heightened concerns about conflicts of interest in their roles as both market operators and regulators. Nasdaq--the market run by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)--has been in competition with NASD members that run electronic communications networks. For y...
Securities Operations: Update on Actions Taken to Address Day Trading Concerns
GAO-02-20: Published: Nov 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2002.
Concerns arose in the late 1990s about day trading, particularly the use of questionable advertising to attract customers without fully disclosing or by downplaying the risks involved. Concerns were also raised that traders were losing large amounts of money. Day traders as a group and day trading firms have continued to evolve and are generally more experienced and sophisticated about securities...
Securities Regulation: Improvements Needed in the Amex Listing Program
GAO-02-18: Published: Nov 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2001.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has indicated that one-third of Amex's new listings did not meet the exchange's equity listing standards. Amex's listing guidelines address factors that are the same or similar to those addressed by other U.S. stock markets. Quantitative requirements addressed share price, stockholders' equity, income, and market value of publicly held shares. However,...
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...
SEC and CFTC: Most Fines Collected, but Improvements Needed in the Use of Treasury's Collection Service
GAO-01-900: Published: Jul 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2001.
Fines are one way for regulators to sanction those who violate securities and futures industry rules. However, for fines to be effective, regulators must collect them. This report reviews fine collection by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and nine exchanges and industry associations that act as self-regulatory organizations (SRO) in th...