Friday, June 24, 2011

SEC Says Congressional Insider Trading Not Illegal

It is always nice to be told you are right, and having the SEC tell a securities attorney that he is right about a securities law issue is even nicer. Senators buying stock based on non-public information regarding pending legislation is not illegal, and it is not insider trading.

But isn't this the entire point? Why is it permissible for a Senator who is on a committee and who knows, before a public announcement, that the Senate is going to approve a billion dollar program for solar energy, and then buys stock in the two largest solar energy companies?

I am not so sure that the actual instances of this type of trading is as prevalent as the media is making it out to be, but it is certainly outrageous.

Congressional Trading on Advance Info Not Illegal: SEC - CNBC