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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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House Financial Services Committee

Ubiquity Thematic in House Hearing on Mobile Payments

Mobile payments are “ubiquitous,” according to one Massachusetts congressman, and they are on the rise around the world. Stephen Lynch is a Democratic Congressman from the State of Massachusetts, and he is on the House…

Global Derivative Markets

Global Derivative Markets Reached Record Levels in 2019

Trading volume is at record levels in options and futures, according to data compiled by an industry trade group.  The Futures Industry Association (FIA) is a trade association of futures commission merchants or those who…

Cryptocurrencies Rally

Top Universities Offer Unique Trading Related Courses

[caption id="attachment_363938" align="alignleft" width="300"] Top Universities[/caption] Some of America’s finest universities are offering unique trading related courses.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)   MIT is one of the finest universities in the world; it…

Cannabis-Related Schemes

SEC Warns Investors on Cannabis-Related Schemes

[caption id="attachment_354466" align="alignleft" width="300"] SEC warns investors[/caption] While The Industry Spread recently spotlighted some of the opportunities with the burgeoning US cannabis sector, that sector appears fraught with fraud as well.  The Securities and Exchange…

Volcker Rule Reforms

Securities Trade Group Backs Volcker Rule Reforms

A securities industry trade group gave a thumbs up to the reforms of a key bank trading regulation. SIFMA is the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, an American securities industry trade group, and SIFMA…

House Hears from Head of Public Accounting Regulator PCAOB

William Duhnke III is the Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and he was recently a witness in front of the House Financial Services Committee in a hearing entitled, “An Examination of…

CFTC

Former CFTC Head Talks LIBOR

The London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) had a fatal flaw which led to its downfall, according to the former head of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Timothy Massad was the Chair of the CFTC…

Burgeoning US Cannabis Industry Presents Opportunities

On January 1, 2020, Illinois became the eleventh of fifty US states to legalize recreational marijuana and cannabis use. The State of Illinois recorded $3.2 million in legal sales on January 1, 2020, and sales…

House Financial Services

Report Looks At House Financial Services Priorities

The House Financial Services Committee released a report on its 2019 accomplishments. The report shows numerous priorities with a de-emphasis on the trading and investment world.  The House Financial Services Committee is the committee with…

FINRA

FINRA’s New Examinations Unit Discussed

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, will have evolution for its examination program in 2020.  On the latest episode of FINRA’s Unscripted podcast, the three guests were all part of the Examination and Risk Monitoring unit.  The…