Tagged: capital markets

Soft Dollars and Investor Relations

A note on trading today: The dollar dropped out of the gate this morning, buoying stocks. Talk about soft dollars. The price of shares is a construct of the Fed at present.

Anyway, after sharing the Hyatt in downtown Seattle with the Kansas City Chiefs (convincing victors Sunday), we returned to Denver Monday, body-scanned once but otherwise briskly processed through airport security. So we’re a day late with The Map.

Speaking of body scans, the SEC’s current insider-trading probe is poking at the squishy Wall Street practice of rebating trading costs with “soft dollars.” We should know about soft dollars in the IR profession. Chances are, the last sizeable institutional position taken in your stock involved them. (more…)

Insider Trading and Rational Investment

Here in Spokane, the landscape is bleak and wintry, the temperature hovering at ten above. Crisp! Before we gather round our well-laid tables (in America at least) Thursday and give thanks, let’s weigh on the scales of investor-relations justice this insider-trading scandal soaking print ink.

The allegation, if you missed the story of the week outside South Korea, Ireland and Cambodia, is that funds are using “channel check” style information to gain an illegal advantage. Federal agents have swept into capital-markets concerns to seize files and persons and stop this pusillanimous peculation.

The last time government contended information misuse, machines took over the trading markets. (more…)