The Injury From Insider Trading

Mergers become far more costly

In terms of sheer opportunity, those with private information who hope to make a big score in the stock market have never had it so good. So far this year, the nation's mergers-and-acquisitions boom has already clocked an eye-popping $781 billion worth of deals (chart). And the Securities & Exchange Commission continues to unveil cases of alleged illegal insider trading.

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