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Insider trading under the EU, USA and English laws: A well recognised necessity or a distraction

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Defines "insider trading" and looks at the effects of insider trading on an economy. Considers the factors which have caused legislation and the rationale behind insider trading. Compares the economic and financial approaches to the problem. Outlines the European, UK and US positions covering legislation, arguments, prohibitions and penalties. Cites important cases in the USA, which have caused changes in the law. Concludes that there is a need for standardization, together with better access to timely information but highlights that the markets require freedom within which to work effectively and accepts that there will always be an element of insider trading in any market.

Keywords: Europe; Financial Markets; Insider Dealing; United Kingdom; Usa

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1999


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