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Do Insiders Play by the Rules?

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  • William J. Mcnally
  • Brian F. Smith

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The article studies compliance with insider trading regulations of the Ontario Securities Act (OSA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange. In contrast to the scarcity of prosecutions, we find large-scale evidence of insider trading and reporting violations. For example, from 1987 to 2000, approximately 50 percent of firms engaging in stock buybacks do not disclose their trades to the Ontario Securities Commission as required under the OSA. Furthermore, the volume of insider trading is much higher than expected before material news announcements. We offer a number of policy prescriptions to improve compliance.

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  • William J. Mcnally & Brian F. Smith, 2003. "Do Insiders Play by the Rules?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 29(2), pages 125-143, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:29:y:2003:i:2:p:125-143
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    1. Michael R. King & Dan Segal, 2004. "International Cross-Listing and the Bonding Hypothesis," Staff Working Papers 04-17, Bank of Canada.
    2. Michael R. King, 2009. "Prebid Run-Ups Ahead of Canadian Takeovers: How Big Is the Problem?," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 38(4), pages 699-726, December.
    3. Ginglinger, Edith & Hamon, Jacques, 2009. "Share repurchase regulations: Do firms play by the rules?," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 81-96, June.
    4. Attig, Najah & Fong, Wai-Ming & Gadhoum, Yoser & Lang, Larry H.P., 2006. "Effects of large shareholding on information asymmetry and stock liquidity," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(10), pages 2875-2892, October.

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