The media has been focusing on insider trading plans, i.e., so-called Rule 10b5-1 plans, in a number of recent articles. This has apparently grabbed the attention of institutional investors and lead the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) to submit a rule-making request to the SEC on December 28, 2012 regarding the use of such plans (available at: http://www.sec.gov/rules/petitions/2013/petn4-658.pdf).
Specifically, CII requests that:
- Rule 10b5-1 plans only be permitted to be adopted during company-adopted trading windows;
- The adoption of multiple, overlapping Rule 10b5-1 plans by companies and insiders be prohibited;
- A mandatory delay of three or more months apply to the start of trading in a Rule 10b5-1 plan after its adoption; and,
- Frequent modifications or cancellations of Rule 10b5-1 plans by companies and insiders not be allowed.