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Course Description

Avoiding Insider Trading

Some employees through their job at companies whose stock is publicly traded have access to what is considered “inside” information. It is illegal for employees to try to capitalize on such information — whether they buy or sell stock themselves, or “tip” others — before the information is available to the general public. Their actions could be a violation of federal securities laws and result in severe fines or prison sentences for the employee(s), their managers/supervisors, friends, family, and their company.

Insider trading has gained added awareness in recent years as a larger share of the population through their retirement plans or other investments are participating in the stock market. This new reality makes the financial lives of millions of people across many income levels now vulnerable to the fraudulent practice of insider trading.

As such, it is essential that public companies and businesses with access to material, nonpublic information about public companies train their employees on insider–trading law and policy.

The Cintas, 25–minute Online Avoiding Insider Trading Training Course defines the laws prohibiting insider trading in easy–to–understand terms. Content includes quizzes, news briefs and real-world compliance issues that employees should learn to recognize and respond to appropriately. Topics include:

  • A comprehensive look at insider trading
  • What constitutes “material”?
  • What constitutes “non–public” information?
  • Insider trading laws — exactly “who” may be liable?
  • Insider trading violations — what are the civil and criminal penalties?
  • Insider trading and Regulation FD

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