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October 3, 2019

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known as “RICO,” is a federal law which provides for extended penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.[1]  The law was part of the Organized Crim...

September 8, 2019

The Commodity Exchange Act in broad terms prohibits the use of any manipulative or deceptive device or scheme in connection with the contract of sale of any commodity in interstate commerce[1] and manipulation or attempt to manipulate the price of any swap or commodity...

January 14, 2019

As a condition of settling civil charges, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) normally permits those it sues to say in a consent order that they neither admit nor deny the SEC’s allegations.  But that’s not as big a break for some litigants as it seems, beca...

November 15, 2017

Add the chairman of the largest electronic brokerage firm in the U.S. to the list of Cassandras warning us of the perils posed by the trading of cryptocurrencies.

In a remarkable open letter in The Wall Street Journal addressed to J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Chairman...

October 3, 2017

CTA Intelligence (CTA): What factors informed your decision to form the partnership which became Crow and Cushing?

Charles Crow (CC): In 1981 I left a large firm, came down to Princeton and was introduced to a company called Commodities Corporation – the first company t...

September 22, 2017

Some people are making real money investing in cryptocurrencies. Just this year, Bitcoin has gained 300%. Another cryptocurrency, Ethereum, is up more than 2,300%.

An increasingly common use of these currencies is the initial coin offering, or ICO. Companies are using I...

August 23, 2017

In the 1920s a group of investors, known as the Radio Pool, traded among themselves in the stock of Radio Corporation of America, the tech company of the day. They succeeded in driving up the price, took their gains and left other investors to cope with falling prices...

April 20, 2017

A series of “sensational congressional investigations” in the 1860s led to the disclosure that the United States had been bilked by war time contractors who charged for nonexistent or worthless goods, billed exorbitant prices for goods delivered and generally stole fro...

February 9, 2017

During the first weekend of the Trump Presidency, the President promised one of the ways he would stimulate growth in the economy was to cut federal regulations by 75%, or “maybe more.” A January 20, 2017 Executive Order required that, for every new regulation it propo...

December 22, 2016

George E.P. Box, the internationally renowned mathematician and statistician, once said, “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.”1 So where mathematical models replace human thought and judgment, as they are doing on an ever larger scale in today’s fin...

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