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June 18, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

High-Speed Trading Cop Used to Represent Wall Street Giants



Financial Oversight A senior regulatory official tasked with policing U.S. financial markets and high-speed trading used to represent firms with a major stake in the government’s oversight of those matters, according to an ethics disclosure form obtained by the Project On Gov

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Topics: Financial Sector

June 4, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Court Overturns Rare Challenge of SEC-Wall St. Settlement



Financial Oversight A district judge abused his discretion when he rejected a proposed settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup, according to an opinion reached today by a U.S. appeals court.

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Topics: Financial Sector

April 25, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

How the Clinton Team Thwarted Effort to Regulate Derivatives



treasury memo thumbnail In April 1998, a decade before a historic crisis wreaked havoc on global financial markets, an obscure regulator saw a potential gap in the government’s oversight of Wall Street and tried to do something about it.

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Topics: Financial Sector

April 10, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Retiring SEC Lawyer: Revolving Door Causes Weak Enforcement



SEC Seal A longtime lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission says that senior agency officials have been more interested in advancing their careers in the corporate world than in policing it aggressively, according to remarks prepared for the lawyer’s recen

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Topics: Financial Sector

February 27, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Will DOJ Hold Tax Cheats Accountable?



Financial Oversight A bipartisan report released yesterday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations paints a picture of “lax enforcement” by U.S. authorities who have been investigating Swiss bank secrecy and offshore tax evasion.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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