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After spending a decade in finance, Michael Volpe has been a freelance investigative journalist since 2009. His work has been published locally in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Crusader, Chicago Heights Patch, and New City. Nationally, Volpe's work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, Crime Magazine, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Newsletter, and Counter Punch. Volpe has been recognized by whistleblowers as leading the charge in getting their stories out. His first book Prosecutors Gone Wild was published in October 2012, his second book The Definitive Dossier of PTSD in Whistleblowers was published in February 2013 and his third book Bullied to Death was published in August 2015.

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Warren’s Health Care Plan to Hit Traders and Investors

Warren, a Democrat from the State of Massachusetts and a candidate for President, recently unveiled how she would pay for her plan to turn the US into a single payer health care insurance system. Warren…

The House Agriculture Committee has Weighed in on the Ongoing Standoff Between US and European Regulators over Swaps Trading.

The House Agriculture Committee has weighed in on the ongoing standoff between US and European regulators over swaps trading. The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing earlier in the week to move forward the reauthorization of…

FINRA

Data Protection in CAT Explained

The framers of the Consolidated Audit Trail explained how Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or (data protection )will be protected. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the…

CFTC

The CFTC on Artificial Intelligence

In a new white paper on artificial intelligence (AI), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) identifies its role in this technology. Of AI, the paper noted, “Approaches to AI have evolved. Early calculating machines gave…

Zuckerberg Faces Bi-Partisan Grilling on Capitol Hill Regarding Libra

The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors". The hearing had only one witness, Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer…

FINRA

New Best Interest Standard Discussed

Regulation Best Interest is the new SEC rule designed to make sure that brokers act in their client’s best interest, but this rule is 1,363 pages. FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s, Chief Legal Officer…

Darknet Criminal Scheme

Bitcoin is Playing a Role in Another Darknet Criminal Scheme

The United States Department of Justice announced the takedown of a global pornography ring using the darknet.  Here is part of their press release: “Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by…

CFTC

CFTC’s Power To Prosecute Manipulators Examined

Dodd/Frank gave the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) more power to pursue fraud and manipulation in commodities, but is that power limitless? That was the question in the latest Futures Industry Association (FIA) webinar entitled…

US Securities and Exchange Commission - VALIC

SEC Provides Red Flags for Scams Techniques

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning investors about common scam techniques.  They have put together a video series which can be found here. The series noted that investors should be weary of fake…

FINRA

FINRA’s Department of Enforcement Explained

The Department of Enforcement within FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, has four units, a key reform from 2018. Lizzie Hogan is the Senior Vice President of Market Regulation Enforcement, one of the three units…