Jim Zarroli http://wvasfm.org en IPO Market Shows Signs Of Strain http://wvasfm.org/post/ipo-market-shows-signs-strain Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right, Virtu Financial has reportedly decided to postpone its initial public offering. The decision comes during a week when several IPOs in U.S. markets had disappointing debuts. Virtu conducts high-frequency electronic trading on various exchanges and scrutiny of high-speed trading is growing.<p>NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: New York-based Virtu Financial is one of the most profitable high-frequency trading firms around and one of the biggest. It was supposed to go public this month and was hoping to raise as much as $250 million. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 46557 at http://wvasfm.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://wvasfm.org/post/sending-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 46417 at http://wvasfm.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers http://wvasfm.org/post/proposed-mega-merger-hill-spotlights-consumers Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 46083 at http://wvasfm.org New Rules Force Big Banks To Keep A Bigger Cushion http://wvasfm.org/post/new-rules-force-big-banks-keep-bigger-cushion Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Five and a half years after the financial crisis that devastated the global economy, U.S. officials are taking steps to strengthen the nation's banking system. Today, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved tough new rules that require banks to hold a lot more capital on their books. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 46012 at http://wvasfm.org How A Regulation Helped Ease Way For Stock Market's 'Flash Boys' http://wvasfm.org/post/how-regulation-helped-ease-way-stock-markets-flash-boys Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In recent years, high speed computers have drastically altered the way the stock market operates. What's called high frequency trading has been getting renewed attention thanks to "Flash Boys," the latest book from Michael Lewis. In that book, he argues the changes have created a lot of new problems.<p>We're going to take a look now at why. The surge in high frequency trading has its roots in regulation passed in 2005. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45944 at http://wvasfm.org Traders Defend High-Speed Systems Against Charges Of Rigging http://wvasfm.org/post/traders-defend-high-speed-systems-against-charges-rigging The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed this week that they're both investigating the world of high-frequency stock trading. They did so at a time when a new book on the subject, <em>Flash Boys</em> by Michael Lewis, is causing an uproar on Wall Street.<p>To read Lewis' book is to be reminded of how drastically the stock market has changed in a decade — and how opaque it remains. Lewis says this opacity serves to cover up some disturbing developments.<p>"The stock market is rigged. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45711 at http://wvasfm.org Traders Defend High-Speed Systems Against Charges Of Rigging American-Made, Haven-Kept? Congress Looks At Caterpillar's Tax Returns http://wvasfm.org/post/american-made-haven-kept-congress-looks-caterpillars-tax-returns Caterpillar executives are on Capitol Hill answering questions about the company's tax returns. Caterpillar is accused of shifting money abroad to avoid billions in taxes. Company officials say Caterpillar has followed the law. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45638 at http://wvasfm.org Russia's Energy Market Heft Leaves Neighbors Unsettled http://wvasfm.org/post/russias-energy-market-heft-leaves-neighbors-unsettled Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The crisis in Ukraine is raising new questions about Russia's role in the energy markets. Moscow has long used exports of oil and natural gas to win political concessions from countries on its borders. Europe gets a quarter of its natural gas from Russia.<p>As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, that's making a lot of people there nervous.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Russia's oil and gas supplies are a huge part of what keeps its economy going. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45432 at http://wvasfm.org Jury Convicts 5 Ex-Madoff Employees Of Securities Fraud http://wvasfm.org/post/jury-convicts-5-ex-madoff-employees-securities-fraud A federal court jury in New York found 5 of Bernard Madoff's former employees guilty of fraud. They were accused of enriching themselves by helping the imprisoned financier carry out a Ponzi scheme. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45207 at http://wvasfm.org Madoff Aides Found Guilty For Role In Massive Ponzi Scheme http://wvasfm.org/post/madoff-aides-found-guilty-role-massive-ponzi-scheme Five of Bernie Madoff's former employees were found guilty of helping him fleece investors of $17 billion. They were convicted on charges of securities fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 45179 at http://wvasfm.org