The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reached just 25 insider-trading settlements from October 2010 to March 2011, the first half of its fiscal year, the NERA Economic Consulting study released on Monday shows. That puts the SEC on pace for a full-year total of 50 insider-trading settlements. That would be down from 74 a year earlier, and the fewest since the Sarbanes-Oxley law strengthening corporate governance took effect in 2002.
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