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Why is Front Running markets not treated as insider trading?

Front-Running is described in the book Flashboys and relies on an information advantage, that is apparently provided by the exchanges to a select few. Is said practice somehow different from ...
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CEOs can't sell stock without risking imprisonment?

From what I understand if a CEO sells stock in their company and the stock price then goes down significantly within less than a year, they can get indicted for "insider trading" and face 5 to 10 ...
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If I discover information about a company through personal investigation can I act on it without being guilty of insider trading?

Let's say I'm a skilled PI who has, through detailed investigation followed a paper trail back and discovered that Soylent Green is people! (err..spoiler warning?) I am now aware of information that ...
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Is internet tracking "public info" for insider trading purposes?

Suppose I own a search engine. I look at my server logs and see that the query "how to fix exploding engine" is very popular in the area around Tesla headquarters. Would it be legal to act on this ...
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Can Trump legally sell stocks on Friday, tweet about imposing tariffs on Sunday and then buy more of the stocks back on Monday?

Trump could have made a lot of money by selling stocks before tweeting about imposing tariffs on China and then buying more of them back when the price of the stocks has dropped. Would this fall under ...
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Could leaking insider information eliminate insider trader concerns?

Suppose I possess some non-public information about Company X. I want to trade Company X's stock for reasons unrelated to the information (e.g. I believe the stock market as a whole is going to tank ...
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Harper v. IRS and the third-party doctrine

On tax day 2020, plaintiff James Harper accused the IRS of obtaining his cryptocurrency transaction history from Coinbase without a warrant. Harper is claiming the IRS violated his rights under the ...
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Does the CFTC have authority over all forms of "prediction markets"?

I've been reading over previous cases that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have brought up against organizations like InTrade. From what I can tell, InTrade was brought under scrutiny ...
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What was wrong with the 2010 Flash Crash?

While looking for recent market crashes, I came upon 2010 Flash Crash. However, I am unable to understand what wrong the alleged perpetrator, Navinder Singh Sarao, did. Entering an "order to sell ...
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My friend has alot of cash (about 55K in $100s) on hand and is afraid to put it in a bank. Should he be? [closed]

My friend was paralyzed from an injury when he was a teenager (about 30 years ago now). He has amassed about 55K in cash from being a small time marijuana dealer. He literally keeps it next to him at ...
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Is it illegal for a European to be paid for giving financial advice to people in the US?

I live in a country in the EU in which giving financial advice, such as stock tips, and getting paid for this is perfectly legal for a private individual. Let's say I have a friend in the US who asks ...
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Can the CEO of KODK be found guilty of insider trading?

Recently the American legacy film company KODK announced a deal with the US government to manufacture generic pharmaceuticals domestically. This announcement sent the price per share for the company ...
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How does insider trading law affect bitcoin exchanges?

The Bitcoin network is predicated on the premise that it is difficult to find 'low' hash values for a given input. This is an incredibly safe bet because of the way the algorithm is implemented - if ...
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Why is a company allowed to change the number of shares it’s divided into after its IPO?

I read that even after an IPO, a company can change the number of shares that it’s divided into based on a board vote. What’s to prevent them from arbitrarily increasing the number of shares to raise ...
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If a Politician uses an Organized Crime Syndicate to extort a Business, is the Politician guilty of the same crime as the Syndicate?

In the United States, let's say you have: A generic POLITICIAN of any type A generic ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATE of any type A generic BUSINESS of any type If an ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATE pressures a ...
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Refused Financing for new car loan due to charge off from bankruptcy 11 years ago

State of Michigan My wife filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy 10 yrs ago and one of the debts was with Ford Motor Credit. She has good Credit now and I have okay credit. We wanted to purchase a Ford ...
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Are universities legally allowed to adjust, or deny private loans?

I'm curious about my rights to my own private loan. (Co-signed by my brother) After getting my tuition and fees, I took out a loan to cover the remaining costs after aid. I do live with my parents - ...
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Must French financial institutions know by law the salary of their customers?

Must French financial institutions know by law the salary of their customers? One of my French banks is asking this information from me and claims they have to do so by law (and I have "declare sur l'...
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Could you theoretically sell financial assets in the US without coming under the jurisdiction of the federal government?

So let's say you were some financial market that operated solely in a US state so all of your transactions never crossed state lines. Would federal government agencies like the Commodities Future ...
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Could the Intel CEO be accused of insider trading?

A few weeks back, the Intel CEO sold all the company shares he was allowed to. Yesterday, it was reported that a big security flaw existed in virtually all Intel processors sold in the last decade. ...
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Avoiding the appearance of insider trading

Can one conceivably be accused of insider trading without being considered an insider at the company you work for? Is that classification by your company more just a way of categorizing employees and ...
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Stock options and Insider Trading

Maybe I don't understand insider trading laws, but they seem somewhat unreasonable to me. Lets say I'm a software developer, and I accepted stock options as part of my compensation. In the course of ...
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In Canada, is there a requirement of when a Money Services Business (MSB) and their client entity must enter into a service agreement?

I hope the question in the title lends itself to an answer. In case more clarification is required, please do not hesitate to comment below. Some background: In Canada, an MSB is required to verify ...
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Delivery of oil bought through futures contracts

What happens if someone is forced to take physical possession of many barrels of oil that they bought on the open market, but they have no storage space left to put it? ETA: In jeffronicus answer ...
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Do Bitcoin banks need a banking license?

Or consider any currency with no intrinsic link to any other currency or form of capital (i.e., not backed by USD or gold or anything like that), and note that the issuer/bank would not itself offer ...
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Can an invoice factoring company operate abroad?

Premise: Invoice factoring is a transaction in which a factor (or factoring company) purchases invoices from a business. The transaction involved is literally purchasing receivables and, for ...
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Where do I go when police refuse to investigate someone who made purchases with my debit card?

A few months ago, my debit card information was stolen and used to purchase some computer equipment in the state of Oklahoma, but the perpetrator lives in the state of Florida and I live in the State ...
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Are there any legal risks to transferring money to another country for an F-1 student?

Let's assume that your dating an F-1 visa student, who is supposed to be financed by her parents in her home country to go to school in the US. She is actually getting money through other means (...
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How are employer pay statutes enforced against offending employers?

An employer recently made some strange demands as a part of a job offer. On advice from The Workplace Stack Exchange I'm going to look for work somewhere else, but I'm concerned the employer is ...
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Would using a StableCoin bypass the "Money Transmitter" laws in the US?

I'm considering a startup that allows news/content creators to collect nano-payments (~$0.01) for their content. Since transactions of that size are unreasonable to charge individually by Stripe/etc, ...
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How do I write an agreement between a token issuer and token bearer?

I'm making a decetralized blockchain app that lets users create tokens and sell them to other users with the agreement that the issuer will repurchase the tokens at the bearers demand. So its pretty ...
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Can I legally guess my customer's new credit card expiry date?

As a merchant, I offer online subscription services to my customers. Often, my customer's credit card will expire, despite having an active subscription service to my product. Is it legal for me to ...
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Can a couple be charged for spending $120,000 deposited to their bank account in error?

A couple is being charged for spending $120,000 which was deposited to their account in error. This is in Pennsylvania, USA. The facts are presented as follows: One day, couple wakes up to $120,000 ...
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Why don't US prosecutors press for imprisonment for crime in the banking industry?

In this article by The Guardian published two days ago they report: RBS bankers joked about destroying the US housing market after making millions by trading loans that staff described as "total ...
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What does upon conversion mean?

What does it mean when an investor say "I will give you $100k in exchange for 10% equity upon conversion"? What does upon conversion exactly mean in layman's terms?
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Is it a crime to take out a loan with no intention to repay?

This question on Money.SE concerned a person who had taken out a number of loans. He didn't intend to repay these loans in full, planning instead to default and leave the country. Several posters on ...
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What can happen if the US President has violated campaign finance laws?

There has been recent news about President Donald Trump possibly breaking campaign finance laws due to a repayment made to one of his lawyers. NPR: Trump Admits To Authorizing Stormy Daniels Payoff, ...
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Definition of privileged information in investor law

Person X makes a scientific discovery about some new metallic alloy. She then reasons that as a result of its applications, the market for some other metal will drop. Is she allowed to short the ...
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Is a monthly Patreon donation\subscription, a contractual obligation to pay someone?

Let's say I have a prepaid card with a balance of 0$ and I am subscribed to a Patreon user for the recurring monthly donation of $50. Let's say I remain subscribed to the Patreon user for 10 months, ...
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Schwab 401k 'hacked'; somehow they added/linked an unknown bank account and transfered out ~10% of my balance!! How

I recently received a couple of 'notification' emails from Schwab re. the approval/completion of various changes I supposedly requested to an old 'inactive' (past employer) 401k account, including: ...
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How is a US political campaign supposed to verify that donors from abroad are US citizens?

According the US laws, only US citizens may contribute financially to political campaigns - especially presidential campaigns. Suppose you are running a campaign. How are you supposed to verify that ...
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Non-ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility for New York State

I would like to know ERISA equivalent for a government organization in New York State https://www.asppa.org/Resources/Publications/Plan-Consultant-Online/PC-Mag-Article/ArticleID/5217
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'payable in like kind'? 'non-electing' shares?

each share of Series B Preferred Stock shall, by virtue of such transaction and on the same terms as apply to the holders of Common Stock, be converted into or exchanged for the aggregate amount ...
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interpretation of an article

The term "Common Stock" as used in this Appendix B means the Company's Common Stock without par value, as the same exists at the date of filing of the Amendment to the Company's Amended Articles ...
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Student Loan from years ago pops up and is taking my salary

Summary: For decades I had my student loans paid by automated payment from my bank without a problem; just take it out of my bank and there's a small benefit in interest for it. Recently, my ...
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Investor liability for investee actions?

The recent Supreme Court ruling in Jam v. International Finance Corporation kind of surprised me, as a layperson, since I had not imagined that banks were liable for their investees' actions ...
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Are marketplace lenders subject to fair lending laws?

Are 'marketplace' lenders, such as those using Lending Club or Funding Circle, etc., subject to fair lending provisions, such as the Equal Credit Opportunity Act or the Fair Lending provisions of the ...
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Do you owe money to a company who is trying to charge a disabled/expired credit card?

A disposable credit card company from the US wrote 'recently' on their twitter Canceling a subscription can be difficult, time consuming, and frustrating. Or it can be as easy as clicking a button ...
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Bank is not depositing my promotion bonus

I opened a bank account in response to a promotion in a big bank (I'm in the US). Originally it was saying "if I keep my money (50K) for 60 days, I get $600". The agent at the branch didn't say ...
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Is there a difference in "termination of employment" qualifying event trigger between group health insurance and 401(k)?

My job uses a Professional Employer Organization to handle payroll and benefits. This is a coemployment relationship, not temp/staffing, nor subcontract. The PEO is the issuer of my W-2 and listed ...