You’ve probably heard the charges made by politicians and activists that the Securities and Exchange Commission is ineffective and not bringing charges against those who caused the 2008 financial crisis.
“YOU’RE WRONG!” says the SEC.
The SEC has begun publishing “Enforcement Actions Addressing Misconduct That Led to or Arose From the Financial Crisis.”
Key Statistics (through Oct. 19, 2011)
|Number of Entities and Individuals Charged
|Number of CEOs, CFOs, and Other Senior Corporate Officers Charged
|Number of Individuals Who Have Received Officer and Director bars, Industry Bars, or Commission Suspensions
||> $1.2 billion
|Disgorgement and Prejudgment Interest Ordered
||> $393 million
|Additional Monetary Relief Obtained for Harmed Investors
|Total Penalties, Disgorgement, and Other Monetary Relief
* In settlements with Evergreen, J.P. Morgan, State Street, and TD Ameritrade
In the prism of the enormous losses of the 2008 financial crisis this may not seem by much. I think most people, though rightly upset, will have a hard time finding criminal conduct among those activities subject to the jurisdiction of the SEC. Sure, the proliferation of CDOs in 2007 can be seen as suspect. But criminal?