Effective Consolidated Audit Trail: Keeping the Door Open — The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

Small business need-to-know, of-interest and news-to-watch.  This study addresses the long awaited rule’s faults.   Interesting read.

Excerpt:  In my remarks at the Commission’s May 26, 2010 meeting considering the CAT proposal, I quoted from a 1980 Commission report that spoke about the need for a comprehensive market oversight surveillance system. [1] Flash forward over three decades from that report, and not much has changed. We have seen enormous growth in the capital markets, and the SEC still does not have access to comprehensive market data. As a result, I have been a consistent and vocal supporter of a consolidated audit trail. [2]

It has taken over 30 years for the Commission to be poised to act on this issue. Accordingly, it is important that the Commission get it right. If the first steps in establishing this national market oversight framework are flawed, the system will not be comprehensive, and it will not serve the needs of the American public.

Unfortunately, as currently structured, today’s rule falls short of establishing the process that investors deserve.

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