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Suspected NYSE insider trading rose in 2008

Reuters – Suspected insider trading cases reached an all-time high last year, driven less by hedge funds and more by pillow talk between relatives and friends, the head of surveillance at the New York Stock Exchange said on Wednesday.

In a year when bombshell revelations rocked bank stocks, governments outlawed short-selling, and panicked investors brought on the worst market rout since the 1930s, there was much to tempt those with privileged information.

NYSE Regulation, the Big Board’s oversight body, referred 146 cases of suspected insider trading to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2008, five more than in 2007, the previous record year, and more than twice as many as in 2004.

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