Spotlight on Insider Trading
Illegal insider trading refers generally to buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, while in possession of material, nonpublic information about the security. Insider trading violations may also include "tipping" such information, securities trading by the person "tipped," and securities trading by those who misappropriate such information.
The SEC regularly brings insider trading enforcement actions against:
Corporate officers, directors, and employees who traded the corporation's securities after learning of significant, confidential corporate developments.
Friends, business associates, family members, and other "tippees" of such officers, directors, and employees, who traded the securities after receiving such information.
Other persons who misappropriated, and took advantage of, confidential information from their employers.
SEC's Year-by-Year Enforcement of Insider Trading
Former SEC Enforcement Director
Robert Khuzami Announces
Insider Trading Charges Against
News Conference Remarks