Yearly Archives: 2021

As Corporate Boards Pursue Diversity, Director Training Programs Spring Up – WSJ

U.S. companies are turning to programs aimed at preparing women and people of color for corporate board roles in a bid to comply with calls from regulators and investors to diversify their directors. Law firms, universities and current directors of companies have launched new or expanded programs over the past few years to coach prospective board candidates, offering training on…

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SEC Considers Approval of Carbon-Neutral Bitcoin ETF | Cadwalader Cabinet

The stated investment objective of the exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) is to track the performance of Bitcoin as measured by an index designed to reflect the performance of Bitcoin in U.S. dollars on a carbon-neutral basis. The ETF intends to offset the carbon footprint associated with Bitcoin once a quarter by paying for the instantaneous retirement of voluntary carbon credits equal…

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SEC Charges Financial Company and Its President with Engaging in Fraudulent Schemes to Boost Stock Price

According to the SEC’s complaint, Medallion’s core business was making loans backed by taxicab medallions to taxicab owners and operators. However, the popularity of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft led to a decline in the value of taxicab medallions and of Medallion’s stock price. Murstein and Medallion allegedly directed two separate schemes to inflate the company’s stock price, in…

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SEC Says Bah Humbug to Spot-Bitcoin ETFs With Latest Rejections – Bloomberg

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday that the proposals from Valkyrie Investments and Kryptoin failed to meet requirements to prevent fraudulent and manipulative practices that are needed to protect investors. It allowed futures-backed Bitcoin ETFs to be offered in October. The earlier-than-expected decision from the SEC could suggest a 2022 approval for a pure Bitcoin fund may…

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To Pay for Longer, Later Retirements, Consult a ‘Financial Gerontologist’ – The New York Times

Ms. Hutchins was named to the newly created role in 2014, shortly after obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. At the time, Merrill Lynch (which had not yet merged with Bank of America) was the first major bank to employ a financial gerontologist, and is still the only major one to…

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Mum’s (Still) the Word With SEC Losses | LinkedIn

In this June 2013 Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Mum’s the Word About SEC Defeats,” I called out the SEC for its troubling refusal to update its website when it loses or dismisses an enforcement case that it previously touted. After all, I argued, the agency routinely splashes its incendiary allegations of wrongdoing across its website and social media platforms upon…

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Nikola Corporation to Pay $125 Million to Resolve Fraud Charges

According to the SEC’s order, before Nikola had produced a single commercial product, Milton embarked on a public relations campaign aimed at inflating and maintaining Nikola’s stock price. Milton’s statements in tweets and media appearances falsely gave investors the impression that Nikola had reached certain product and technological milestones. The order finds that Milton misled investors about Nikola’s technological advancements,…

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SEC Charges Five Russians in $80 Million Hacking and Trading Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against five Russian nationals for engaging in a multi-year scheme to profit from stolen corporate earnings announcements obtained by hacking into the systems of two U.S.-based filing agent companies before the announcements were made public. The filing agents assist publicly traded companies with the preparation and filing of periodic reports with…

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