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CAT implementation uncertainty gives broker-dealers strategic options

March 8, 2018

Broker-dealers have been encouraged by the efforts of CAT NMS — a consortium of 22 self-regulatory organizations — to extend the effective date for implementation of the SEC's Rule 613 consolidated audit trail reporting. By replacing a variety...

Fiduciary rule shifts power to broker-dealer compliance departments

March 14, 2018

The DOL fiduciary rule was a wake-up call for many broker-dealers, some of which had paid little attention to defined contribution plans like 401(k)s in the past. Even broker-dealers that had focused on DC plans have made significant changes...

Finra releases proposal to relieve broker-dealers of supervision of unaffiliated RIAs

February 28, 2018

Brokerage firms would not have to supervise work their registered representatives do for unaffiliated registered investment advisers under a Finra proposal released this week. The rule would streamline brokerages' obligations for monitoring...

SEC bars former Merrill rep Thomas J. Buck over commissions

February 12, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred former Merrill Lynch broker Thomas J. Buck from the brokerage and investment advisory businesses. Last October, Mr. Buck pleaded guilty to overcharging clients by millions of dollars. He also...

Finra expands crackdown on rogue brokers

January 31, 2018

In its ongoing effort to crack down on rogue brokers, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. said it will now expand its focus to brokers who have worked with or associated with high-risk brokers. Last year, Finra said it had created...

SEC offers advisers amnesty to move clients out of high-fee mutual fund share classes

February 12, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday launched an initiative to waive fines against investment advisers who come forward and admit that they had been putting clients into high-fee mutual fund classes and agree to reimburse those clients....

9 ways advisers may have custody without knowing it

October 5, 2017

As complexity in the financial advice business goes, there is nothing quite like the infamous custody rule, which includes a gauntlet of trigger points that can deem a registered investment adviser as having custody. According to SEC filings,...

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...

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...

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...

Ex-Merrill rep suspended, fined $10,000 over expense reports

November 9, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined former Merrill Lynch representative Sandy Galuppo $10,000 and suspended him for one year for submitting dozens of business expense reimbursement requests that were not compliant with the...

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...

How technology can help advisers manage a new compliance landscape

September 7, 2017

In a post-fiduciary world, the difference between adequate and robust compliance processes will make or break your firm's ability to stay on top of new rules, including the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule and revised ADV disclosure requirements....

Ex-J.P. Turner broker accused of excessive trading in elderly client's account barred by Finra

December 9, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred a former J.P. Turner & Co. broker who allegedly churned an elderly customer's account. From 2011 to 2013, the broker, Anthony Mastroianni Jr., “engaged in excessive trading or churning...

Wealth management executive urges Trump to pardon Michael Milken

August 30, 2017

Wealth management executive David Bahnsen sent a plea to President Donald J. Trump this week to pardon Michael Milken, one of the most powerful figures in Wall Street history to go to prison. Bahnsen, a managing director at Morgan Stanley before...

Finra updates sanction guidelines to address financial exploitation of clients

April 10, 2017

Finra has revised its sanctioning guidelines to include consideration of whether a firm or an adviser exerted undue influence over vulnerable customers. All violations addressed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. now will require...

Fired Waddell & Reed broker barred by Finra

March 15, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Tuesday barred a former Waddell & Reed Inc. broker who was fired in January 2016 for violating the firm's professional conduct, supervisory and compensation policies. The broker, Paul D. Stanley,...

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