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Are Executives Gaming The Insider Trading Safe Harbor?

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We're not even sure we understand how this particular insider trading scam works. Apparently the SEC is concerned that executives are using preset trading plans to engage in insider trading. Now since the idea behind a preset trading plan is to give executives a safe-harbor for stock sales by having them set up in advance, insider trading should be impossible. At first we thought that this would have to involve time travel. And we're not sure that time-travel trading is illegal. Yet.
But it's probably not time travel. So how do you game the preset trading plan? It could be that executives who have set up trades in advance subsequently time important corporate announcements to coincide with their stock sales.

SEC probes possible abuse in exec trading plans