The Smart Start Money Podcast

Profiting Politicians and Lawmakers: Insider Trading and Politics

April 6, 2020

Insider Trading and Politics

Insider trading has been known to be an illegal practice for some time. For politicians and lawmakers trading on information not available to the public is really nothing new. However, trading on non-public information for Congress was supposed to theoretically stop in 2012 with the Stock Act that was put in place to prevent these people from taking advantage of their positions for financial gain.

With the recent pandemic of COVID-19, many people on Capitol Hill, including lawmakers and congressional aides, have made questionable financial transactions potentially based on information they received that was not public. The alleged misuse of information for financial gain is clearly a problem both legally and from an ethics standpoint, if just not even morally wrong.

This podcast episode takes a look at the issue of politicians and how they need to be held accountable for their actions when it comes to profiting from non-public information.

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