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December 10, 2014, 2:15 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The reversal of two high-profile insider trading convictions may make it harder for prosecutors to rid the practice on Wall Street.
December 8, 2014, 4:53 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The first of five members of Bernard Madoff’s inner circle to be convicted in connection to the epic fraud case has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
December 2, 2014, 10:35 am ET · by Patrice Taddonio
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September 4, 2014, 5:06 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
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August 21, 2014, 1:59 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
In the five years since the crisis, government authorities have won nearly $83 billion in credit crisis and mortgage-related settlements from the nation’s six largest banks — while the banks have earned more than $320 billion in profits.
July 14, 2014, 1:03 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
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July 10, 2014, 6:42 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Nothing lasts forever. That’s the lesson federal prosecutors in New York were reminded of this week when their unbeaten streak in a five-year crackdown on insider trading finally came to an end.
July 1, 2014, 4:31 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Nearly six years since the peak of the financial crisis, U.S. prosecutors are still battling the impression that no single bank is too big to jail. But a pair of recent victories may help reverse that perception.
June 17, 2014, 4:34 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
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May 16, 2014, 3:45 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The former SAC Capital trader was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for an insider-trading scheme that allegedly garnered him $1.8 million in illegal profits.
April 10, 2014, 12:35 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
A judge has approved a guilty plea from SAC Capital Advisors for insider trading, but a civil case now awaits the firm’s billionaire founder, Steven A. Cohen.
April 8, 2014, 3:15 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
An SEC trial attorney used a recent retirement speech to criticize the agency for being too “tentative and fearful” in confronting Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis.
April 3, 2014, 4:16 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Blythe Masters, who helped develop one of the most notorious financial instruments of the 2008 financial crisis, has announced plans to leave JPMorgan Chase.
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An inspector general’s report has called into question the Justice Department’s stated commitment to holding people accountable for misconduct that precipitated the financial crisis.
February 6, 2014, 3:57 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Former SAC Capital portfolio Manager Mathew Martoma has been convicted for what may have been “the most lucrative inside tip of all time.”
January 24, 2014, 5:17 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
From falsified transcripts to a “flabbergasted” witness, Mathew Martoma’s insider trading trial has offered new insights into what authorities call “the most lucrative inside tip of all time.”
January 7, 2014, 11:04 pm ET · by Nathan Tobey
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January 7, 2014, 9:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
The government’s crackdown on insider trading has shaken much of Wall Street — and renewed a debate over whether such deal-making should even be illegal to begin with.
January 7, 2014, 9:44 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow Illustrations by Evan Wexler
Where is the line when it comes to insider trading? We picked six examples from the annals of Wall Street to see if you can spot the illegal deal.
January 7, 2014, 9:42 pm ET · by Sarah Childress
It’s the question at the heart of a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against the billionaire and founder of hedge fund SAC Capital. Cohen says he’s not to blame. Read his attorneys’ full response.
January 7, 2014, 9:42 pm ET
As a former hedge fund trader, Turney Duff says he never worried about breaking insider-trading laws. “We’re thinking, this is how it’s done and I need to make money,” he says.
January 7, 2014, 9:41 pm ET
The man behind one of the government’s most aggressive crackdowns on insider trading says his problem is not with hedge funds, but with “institutions that decide to make their business model a criminal one.”
January 7, 2014, 9:40 pm ET
Raj Rajaratnam gave the impression “that he could live outside the law,” says the federal judge who handed the former Galleon chief an 11-year sentence for insider trading.
January 7, 2014, 3:30 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
SAC Capital is said to have charged a whopping 50 percent take on any profits it made for investors, but that didn’t scare many away. Here’s why.
January 7, 2014, 10:33 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Mathew Martoma goes on trial today for what’s been called “the most lucrative inside tip of all time,” but his former employer, the hedge fund SAC Capital, is also facing heavy scrutiny.
January 6, 2014, 11:56 am ET · by Jason M. Breslow
It’s phone calls like the one that Turney Duff took early in his career at the Galleon Group that authorities point to as what’s wrong with the hedge fund industry.
December 20, 2013, 10:57 am ET · by Patrice Taddonio
Next month, we’ll go inside the government’s insider trading investigation of the hedge fund industry as well as the “Secret State of North Korea.” Plus a pre-Superbowl rebroadcast of our most-talked about film of 2013.
December 18, 2013, 6:19 pm ET · by Jason M. Breslow
Michael Steinberg, the most senior employee to face trial in the government’s sweeping investigation into insider trading at the giant hedge fund, has been found guilty on all counts by a federal jury in Manhattan.
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