Derivatives reform debate By Laura Oatney, Christine Birkner | January 1, 2010 H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009, was passed in the House, but not before industry leaders weighed in. Equity indexes: A guide for beginners By Laura Oatney | May 13, 2010 A history and guide to equity indexes and how they are composed and traded. No safe (tax) haven By Laura Oatney | March 19, 2009 Senator Carl Levin, (D-Mich.) is sponsoring a bill (S. 506, Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act) which, according to Levin, “targets offshore tax abuses that rob the U.S. Treasury of an estimated $100 billion Vaca: Beating the markets By Laura Oatney | March 19, 2009 For Francisco Vaca, chairman and chief executive officer of Vaca Capital Management LLC (VCM), that opportunity took the form of a cancelled project — the construction of Fermilab’s superconductor. CFTC “defines” public director By Laura Oatney | May 13, 2009 Originally published in February 2007, the acceptable practices were defined to include three operating provisions: at least 35% public representation on boards of directors, board-level regulatory Regulator "defines" public director By Laura Oatney | May 13, 2009 Originally published in February 2007, the acceptable practices were defined to include three operating provisions: at least 35% public representation on boards of directors, board-level regulatory ABCs of ETFs By Laura Oatney | June 18, 2009 Like mutual funds, ETFs give professional and individual investors (including those of more moderate means) the opportunity to own a share in a diversified pool of assets. Unlike mutual funds, ETFs How to avoid investment fraud By Laura Oatney | December 1, 2009 How can you avoid investment fraud when some of the so-called brightest minds in finance have fallen victim to such schemes? Follow basic rules, which some of those experts failed to do. Finding trends By Laura Oatney | September 1, 2009 While the trading world is constantly looking for a “Holy Grail” indicator often using complex algorithms and artificial intelligence, simple trending methods have held up over the years.