Insider Trading

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  • The trading (buying and selling) of securities on material information not available to the general public. This information is obtained from within the company or from others before it is made publicly available. Those who are in possession of insider information can profit from it. Trading with insider information is illegal and is subject to penalties and even a jail sentence. Examples of insider trading of information include leaking earnings results before they are publicly available, leaking the results of FDA drug approvals, and tipping off others as to possible mergers and acquisitions in advance of announcements to the public. Other examples of insider trading or schemes include unlawful trading ahead of upgrades and downgrades of securities by institutional research companies. Also newspaper information gathered ...

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