insider trading


Definition of insider trading

: the illegal use of information available only to insiders in order to make a profit in financial trading

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The New York Republican was charged earlier this week with insider trading. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The more you damn Donald Trump, the better he gets," 12 Aug. 2018 The Leissner guilty plea is the biggest black eye for a Goldman partner since 1989, when executive Robert Freeman was led off the trading floor in handcuffs, later convicted of a crime related to insider trading. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Justice Department Charges Ex-Goldman Bankers in Malaysia 1MDB Scandal," 1 Nov. 2018 Kendricks was suspended for pleading guilty to a felony insider trading charge. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "K.J. Wright, Ed Dickson on track to make season debut Sunday; Seahawks announce jersey patch honoring Paul Allen," 26 Oct. 2018 Additionally, three further shareholder lawsuits were filed, claiming that Intel's board and corporate officers committed breach of duty in connection to the disclosure of the security flaws and failed to act in relation to alleged insider trading. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "32 lawsuits filed against Intel over Spectre and Meltdown flaws," 16 Feb. 2018 The new policy is designed to decrease the potential for insider trading within the company. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Coinbase thrived when cryptocurrencies crashed. Can it take the blockchain back to the mainstream?," 27 Sep. 2018 Mubarak's sons are currently on trial for insider trading. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons," 22 Sep. 2018 Collins was arrested by the FBI in early August, alongside his son and the father of his son’s fiancée on insider trading charges. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The 4 Republican scandals that could tip the 2018 midterms, explained," 5 Nov. 2018 Acting on a judge's order, Egyptian police detained the sons of former president Hosni Mubarak on Saturday along with three others in connection with insider trading charges for which the five are on trial, security officials said. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Egypt court returns ex-president Mubarak's 2 sons to prison," 15 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of insider trading

1966, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of insider trading

What It Is

Insider trading refers to the trading of securities by corporate insiders such as managers or executives.

How It Works

Insider trading can be legal or illegal depending on if the information used to base the trade is public.

Individuals who engage in illegal insider trading attempt to benefit from trades based on information about a company not yet made public. For example, an executive of Company XYZ who purchases shares of the company based on a pending merger announcement is engaging in illegal insider trading.

However, once Company XYZ has announced the merger publicly, insiders may legally trade the shares based on the information.

Insider transactions must be reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) via Form 4.

Why It Matters

Some investors follow legal insider trading because they believe insiders have a better insight to the financial health of a company.

For example, a CEO buying shares of his company conveys confidence in the future of the business.

Meanwhile, illegal insider trading can lead to fine and even imprisonment for the guilty party.

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English Language Learners Definition of insider trading

finance : the illegal activity of buying and selling a company's stocks while using secret information from a person who works for the company

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Legal Definition of insider trading

: the illegal use of especially material inside information for profit in financial trading — see also tippee

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