Today, I asked ChatGPT: How does the Securities and Exchange Commission use AI to spot insider trading? Here is what it said to me:

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to help detect illegal insider trading and other forms of securities fraud. Here are a few ways in which the SEC employs AI for this purpose:

  1. Pattern Recognition: The SEC employs AI algorithms to analyze vast amounts of financial data, including trading records, news articles, social media posts, and corporate disclosures. AI-powered systems can identify patterns and anomalies that might indicate insider trading, such as unusual trading activity or suspicious relationships between traders.
  2. Natural Language Processing (NLP): NLP techniques enable the SEC to analyze and understand textual information, such as regulatory filings, news releases, and social media posts. AI algorithms can process large volumes of unstructured data to identify relevant information, such as discussions about potential mergers or acquisitions that might be linked to insider trading.
  3. Network Analysis: AI algorithms can examine complex networks of traders, brokers, and other market participants to identify potential connections and relationships that could indicate illegal trading activities. By analyzing trading patterns and communication channels, AI systems can help identify clusters of suspicious activity.
  4. Anomaly Detection: AI-powered systems can compare current trading behavior with historical data and established market norms to detect unusual or suspicious patterns. Sudden spikes in trading volume, abnormal price movements, or deviations from typical trading patterns can trigger alerts for further investigation.
  5. Machine Learning Models: The SEC uses machine learning algorithms to train models based on historical data and known instances of insider trading. These models can then analyze new data in real-time, identifying potential signals or red flags associated with illegal activities.

Jeffrey Newman is a whistleblower lawyer, new to ChatGPT, who represents whistleblowers in the SEC whistleblower program, False Claims Act cases and the FINCEN whistleblower program involving money laundering and sanction evasion matters. He can be reached at 617-823-3217