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Buried Treasure What we don't know about money in America

The federal government maintains vast treasure troves of important financial data, but discloses little. It holds the power to compel corporate America to report much more, but rarely does.

This page serves as a hub for our reporting on this financial data. Who has it? Why it is important? What is publicly available? How can you get it?

On this site you will find stories, links to databases and other resources. Have an idea for a story? Let us know.

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  1. One out of ten investment advisers disciplined

    Throughout his career as a broker-dealer, Anthony Gerard Manaia has been fired twice. He’s been the subject of 18 complaints by disgruntled investors, most of whom accused him of putting their money in risky investments without their knowledge.  He’s currently under investigation for his role in a scandal around offerings by a medical financing company that a federal agency has accused of misappropriating investor funds.

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  2. Good investor data are hard to find

    In a recent report to Congress, mandated by the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law, the SEC maintained that "because selecting a broker-dealer or investment adviser is one of the most important decisions that investors face, information to help them make this choice should be easy to find, easy to use, and easy to understand."

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  3. Investment adviser contributions remain secret

    Starting in March 2011, investment advisers who have government clients must keep records of campaign contributions made to elected officials or candidates. But these records are kept secret--buried in internal files, out of the public eye, and available for perusal only by certain government officials.

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  4. Powerful financial council could deny or delay public information

    A newly created powerful federal financial council will have broad latitude to deny or delay Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests if it adopts proposed rules, charges a financial watchdog group.

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