In late February, Bloomberg stated that the SEC is “considering” forgiving decades of private equity firms acting as unregistered broker-dealers and possibly legalizing the practice going forward. In case you think this is not a big deal, as we explain later in the post, the SEC is in fact vigilant about enforcing these regulations, so this would be an unprecedented waiver of liability.
President Obama's new climate change plan isn't very good. But then, the president didn't have any good options. The president released his plan this morning and will give a speech about it at Georgetown University at 1:30 PM.
In an earlier post, we discussed the ongoing violation of SEC broker-dealer regulations by private equity firms when they collect “transaction fees” for buying and selling companies on behalf of the funds they manage. The 1934 Exchange Act mandates that only SEC-registered broker-dealers may collect transaction-based compensation (subject only to limited exceptions which are not germane here ).
Last week, Crain’s Business Daily and Fortune reported that whistleblower has provided the SEC with evidence of massive, ongoing violations of securities laws, specifically, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, by several unnamed private equity firms.
By Matthew Smith:Manufacturers have seen solid results this week with Whirlpool (WHR) and Boeing (BA) leading the way and possibly foreshadowing better results from other names such as United Technologies (UTX).
ETF Database submits: Most financials have been under the microscope in recent weeks, with poor reports coming out of both Bank of America and Citigroup and Washington pushing through a plan to overhaul the existing regulatory system. These events have caused many investors to wonder about the prospects of growth at big Wall Street banks; some are now looking to other corners of the market in order to provide exposure to financials without considerable downside risk.
We know the stock market hated what Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner had to say about the new bank bailout plan yesterday. The Dow started tanking as soon as he opened his mouth at his 11 am press conference, and it continued its freefall as Geithner talked about the plan for the remainder of the afternoon.