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Prevent insider trading at your company with the effective Think Twice videos, which educate, entertain, and jolt

Annotated diagram of Schedule DTax errors can be costly! Don't draw unwanted attention from the IRS. Our Tax Center explains and illustrates the tax rules for sales of company stock, W-2s, withholding, estimated taxes, AMT, and more.


In SEC Law, learn how to avoid insider trading with stock grants and how to comply with other securities laws.

Basics and Insider Trading cover the fundamental securities law that pertains to anybody who owns stock. Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans explains the prearranged trades you can create to minimize your risk of insider-trading violations. Executives and directors must know the requirements discussed in Rule 144 and Section 16.

Test Your Knowledge Test and improve your knowledge with our Insider Trading quiz and its study guide in the answer key.

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Prevent A Martha Stewart Moment: Insider Trading In Your Company's Stock

Bruce Brumberg
It is all too easy to forget the insider-trading rules if you suddenly see a chance to profit or avoid loss through a simple stock trade. The well-publicized case against TV celebrity Martha Stewart presents valuable lessons that are more important than ever in our age of stock market volatility and Wall Street scrutiny.

The Equity Compensation Planning Dilemma For Corporate ExecutivesThis is premium content

Geoffrey M. Zimmerman, CFP®
Podcast included! Executives must carefully balance the demands of many constituencies interested in their company's stock. Explores ways to manage these pressures while achieving financial goals.

Ten Compliance Concerns That Executives Must Understand To Prevent SEC, IRS, And Corporate Problems (Part 1): Company Stock TradesThis is premium content

Richard Friedman
Podcast included! An often underestimated danger companies face is the risk that an executive or employee may violate corporate, tax, or securities laws. This article series outlines practices for executives to help them avoid compliance problems, and explains the possible penalties of noncompliance. Part 1 focuses on compliance issues involving company stock holdings and transactions.

How To Use Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans To Sell Company Stock (Part 1)This is premium content

Darryl Rains and Sunil Kulkarni
SEC rules, company insider-trading policies, and fears of insider-trading allegations may make stock sales tricky for corporate insiders. Rule 10b5-1 trading plans offer a potential solution, but they must be properly drafted and implemented.

How To Use Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans To Sell Company Stock (Part 2)This is premium content

Darryl Rains and Sunil Kulkarni
A Rule 10b5-1 trading plan is an ideal solution when SEC regulations and corporate insider-trading policies would otherwise keep you from selling your shares. However, to be effective these plans must be properly implemented. Part 2 explores their restrictions and flexibility, and how to disclose them.

How Executives And Directors Can Avoid SEC Troubles Before Trading Their Company Stock (Part 1)This is premium content

Merrill Freed and Steven Schraibman
Your advisors say now is the time to buy or sell your company stock or to exercise options. But before you proceed, you'd better understand the securities laws that apply. Otherwise, you risk losing your profits, paying big fines, attracting unwanted media attention, and perhaps even going to jail. The storm of controversy over the backdating of stock option grants shows how closely executive stock sales are scrutinized.

How Executives And Directors Can Avoid SEC Troubles Before Trading Their Company Stock (Part 2)This is premium content

Merrill Freed and Steven Schraibman
Before you sell company stock or exercise options, you must understand the securities laws that apply to you. Part 1 of this series focused on insider trading and Rule 10b5-1 plans. This article looks at other pitfalls of securities law, including Section 16(b) violations involving short-swing profits, and at required SEC filings, such as Form 4 and Form 144.

Presentation! Insider-Trading PreventionThis is premium content

Bruce Brumberg
Editor-in-Chief Bruce Brumberg developed this PowerPoint presentation for talks and meetings on the prevention of insider trading. (Premium members can view the presentation in PDF and may request permission to use it at their companies.)

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What is insider trading? Do you have to be an "insider" or executive to commit it?

Insider trading is illegal. It occurs when someone...

What is insider tipping?

Tipping is telling someone material confidential information about a public company, whether in...

Why are insider trading and tipping illegal?

Insider trading and tipping violate the concept of fair capital markets...

How do civil and criminal insider-trading cases differ?

Most insider-trading cases involve civil suits and penalties...

What are the civil penalties for insider trading?

Anyone found liable for trading on inside information must pay the federal government...

What are the criminal penalties for insider trading?

Under Section 32(a) of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, individuals face up to...

Can I receive a bounty for providing information about someone who has committed insider trading?

Under Section 21A(e) of the Securities Exchange Act, the SEC may award...

Aren't my stock-trading records confidential? How could the stock exchanges and the SEC get them and other information about me?This is premium content

To detect irregular patterns of trading, each stock exchange uses a surveillance operation...

Do the rules of insider trading and tipping apply only in business contexts? Do they also apply to what I tell friends and family?This is premium content

The rules apply to any confidential, important information that you reveal to anyone about your company. The SEC adopted...

Does it matter whether the person who violates the insider-trading laws lives outside the US?This is premium content

The SEC has reciprocal agreements with many countries...

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