Monday, April 16, 2012

When Insider Trading Was Legal

Chicago Board of Trade, circa 1900
The Kluge Center of the Library of Congress has announced the lecture When Insider Trading Was Legal, by the Kluge Fellow Mark Geiger at noon on Thursday, April 19, in Room LJ 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington DC.
 The United States has stricter laws than any nation against insider trading in financial markets, but the earliest of these laws date only from 1909. Prior, stock and commodities exchanges governed themselves with minimal external oversight. Geiger will present a close-up view of member relationships and business practices within the Chicago Board of Trade during the later 19th century when rival groups of exchange members, often family-centered, competed for money and power on the trading floor. Members routinely employed tactics that now would be flagrantly illegal. Even so, they created an exchange of international importance, and introduced strategic financial innovations that transformed global markets.