Commodities/securities manipulation is the action of improperly affecting the prices of securities, futures, commodities and other investment products to deceive investors. It is done through a variety of means to artificially inflate or deflate the price or value of an investment product, and it is fraud.
Some common manipulation practices include: spreading misleading information about the trading around an investment product; improperly limiting the number of publicly available shares; or, rigging quotes, prices or trades to create a facade of high demand for the investment product.
By exposing these fraudulent practices whistleblowers keep financial markets fair and efficient. Whistleblowers can receive protection from retaliation and rewards under one of the following federal whistleblower programs: