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There are stupid shareholders and there are stupid shareholders. Over the past 2 years I've read of some pretty awful crimes perpetrated by fiduciaries e.g. real estate agents, and other money managers, engaged by clubs, pension funds, municipalities. Some have been convicted --mostly the ponzis-- but I guess, stupid shareholders are given to understand the test of harms through civil litigation is more easily satisfied than those proscribed by criminal prosecution.

Which is a pity. Civil penalty cannot stop such people. Limited liability such as it is, the entity that harbors the gumbas may bankrupt. But they prevail, hang a new, teflon shingle burnished with self-evident chutzpah, and draw the other "outguessing" shareholders that got away.

I'm not convinced as yet any prime dealer employee will ever face prison, although in the US, states' attorneys general may arrest and charge individuals at any time. DoJ doesn't require SEC permission to prosecute.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 04:12:40 PM EST
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