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Attorney blasts Finra after regulator loses insider trading case

August 18, 2017

A lawyer for a stock analyst exonerated Wednesday in an insider trading case brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. slammed the agency for publicizing the case during an industry conference while the case was still being...

Advisers get more breathing room to make Form ADV changes

August 17, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission is giving investment advisers breathing room before they have to add more client account data to their registration form. Advisers who make changes on their Form ADV after Oct. 1 won't have to provide the...

Massachusetts securities chief William Galvin launches investigation of broker 'kickbacks'

August 15, 2017

Massachusetts' top securities regulator, Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin, launched an investigation Tuesday into charges that brokers were receiving 'kickbacks' for routing sales orders to certain stock exchanges. The probe was inspired...

Energy funds adviser settles with SEC over fees

August 15, 2017

The SEC settled with the investment adviser for four private oil and gas funds over the miscalculation and inadequate disclosure of approximately $1.1 million in management fees and $449,000 in management-related expenses. The firm, Denver-based...

FSC Securities to pay $592,000 for failure to supervise leveraged ETFs

August 14, 2017

FSC Securities Corp., one of the Advisor Group broker-dealers, is the latest firm to pay significant restitution and fines stemming from problems supervising trades of leveraged, inverse exchange traded funds. The Financial Industry Regulatory...

Revised Form ADV requires much more data from advisers

August 1, 2017

Registered investment advisers will have to provide more client account data and social media information in a revised Securities and Exchange Commission registration form that will go into effect this fall. The changes were promulgated in a...

Former Morgan Stanley broker barred over claims of unsuitable trading

July 26, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Morgan Stanley broker Anthony Vincent Ferrone from the securities industry over charges that he engaged in unsuitable trading of unit investment trusts in clients' accounts....

Seeking to protect client assets, SEC may have hurt the client

July 12, 2017

For many people, the term "inadvertent custody" might describe the feeling a parent has upon finding someone else's child in the family room a half hour after the birthday party has ended. In the world of investments, the term "inadvertent custody"...

Finra hits State Street with $1.5 million fine for electronic record-keeping violations

July 12, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured State Street Global Markets and fined it $1.5 million for failing to maintain electronic brokerage records in a non-erasable and non-rewritable format, known as WORM, as required...

Who the winners are in the implementation of the DOL fiduciary rule

July 5, 2017

I was helping my son with his homework last week, and we were talking about the meaning behind Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken." It was fascinating and honestly refreshing to hear his interpretation of the poem's meaning — and the logic...

Are regulators equipped to monitor robo-advisers as fiduciaries?

June 30, 2017

Securities rules require robo-advisers to act as fiduciaries in providing investment advice to clients, but a new research paper calls into question whether regulators have the necessary tools to monitor these platforms to see if they really...

Fintech sales take off after DOL fiduciary rule's partial implementation

June 29, 2017

Adviser demand for a technological answer to meeting new requirements of the DOL fiduciary rule has jumped in the three weeks since part of the retirement advice regulation was implemented. Technology providers said interest in their fiduciary...

Supreme Court to consider role of Dodd-Frank provision in corporate whistle-blower case

June 26, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the reach of an anti-retaliation provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law in a case that could insulate publicly traded companies from some whistle-blower lawsuits. The justices will hear an appeal...

DOL rule poses problems for advisers' daily routines

June 22, 2017

The greatest difficulties in adjusting to the new DOL fiduciary standard for retirement accounts are found in financial advisers' daily routines, says a new report from Aite Group consultants. Aite's survey of 152 financial advisers who actively...

Driving clarity on Finra's rules on outside business activities

June 14, 2017

Independent financial advisers' ability to share their expertise in areas that are often outside the traditional role of a financial adviser — such as tax and accounting, insurance and even legal advice — is a crucial part of the value the...

SEC bars former Ameritas adviser after fraud trial finds him guilty

June 9, 2017

Responding to a jury that found Sheik F. Khan guilty of securities and investment adviser fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission has barred the former Ameritas adviser from the securities industry. (More: DOL fiduciary rule takes effect,...

SEC charges Alpine Securities with failure to file suspicious activity reports

June 5, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Salt Lake City-based brokerage firm, Alpine Securities, with securities law violations related to its alleged practice of clearing transactions for microcap stocks that were used in manipulative...

Finra censures and fines Sterne Agee for failing to supervise former CEO

June 1, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc., and fined it $160,000 for failing to supervise the activities of its former CEO, James Holbrook, Jr. Between June 1, 2011 and May 23, 2014, the firm "did...

Are brokers really ready to be fiduciaries?

June 1, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule for retirement accounts will take effect Friday, and advisers and their broker-dealers better get ready for a new wave of risk: lawsuits and legal complaints by investors who believe they have been harmed...

Finra slaps broker with six-month suspension for failing to report $1 million in tax liens

May 16, 2017

Former broker Kevin Richard Graetz has settled a Finra complaint alleging that he failed to report federal and state tax liens against him totaling more than $1 million over almost seven years. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.'s...

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