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One adviser's journey to becoming a citizen advocate

April 18, 2018

Some of the most rewarding experiences my team and I at the Financial Services Institute encounter as advocates for our industry come when we see the proverbial "light'" click on for our adviser members and we get a front row seat as they grow...

SEC advice proposal unveiling: Here's what to expect

April 17, 2018

After many years of study and internal debate, the Securities and Exchange Commission is set to make a momentous advance Wednesday in setting investment advice standards. The five-member SEC is scheduled to vote Wednesday afternoon on whether...

'Best interests' and 'fiduciary' aren't the same, so which will the SEC choose?

April 10, 2018

We're now into the second quarter of the year, and everyone involved in the debate over investment advice standards is eagerly awaiting the Securities and Exchange Commission's fiduciary rule proposal. Oops. Like Britney Spears, I did it again....

CFP Board expands fiduciary duty for financial advisers

March 29, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has unanimously approved an expanded fiduciary standard as part of a revamp of the designation's conduct requirements. Under the new rule, all CFPs — including brokers — must act in...

DOL fiduciary rule death meets 'Back to the Future' is a must-watch

March 27, 2018

In a shocker, on March 15 the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to vacate the DOL fiduciary rule. If left to stand, the pre-June 2017 definition of fiduciary would once again be in effect, as would the earlier prohibited transaction exemption...

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacates DOL fiduciary rule

March 15, 2018

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Labor Department's fiduciary rule in a split decision announced late Thursday afternoon, overturning a Dallas district court that was just as adamant in upholding the measure. By a 2-1 vote, the...

Finra has made genuine efforts to improve

January 3, 2018

The past year was a time of significant change not only for our industry, but for our regulators, as well. In particular, Finra — where Robert Cook took over as CEO in 2016 — made a concerted effort to adapt to the shifting financial services...

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...

Finra notes compliance pitfalls in first-time release of exam findings

December 6, 2017

Finra released for the first time on Wednesday a summary of findings from recent examinations, highlighting areas where the broker self-regulator's member firms are experiencing compliance shortfalls. The 14-page report is one of the first major...

Brace yourself for more SEC exams

October 11, 2017

The new Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, Jay Clayton, recently testified before Congress that the agency will increase its examinations of investment advisers by 20% in the current fiscal year, and nudge those numbers up a further...

Pennsylvania broker hit with $200,000 fine for 'dishonest or unethical practices'

July 25, 2017

Citing "dishonest or unethical practices in the securities business," the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities on Monday fined a Philadelphia area broker $200,000. According to the BrokerCheck report for the broker, Austin Dutton,...

Supreme Court curbs SEC's power to recoup illegal profits

June 5, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court put sharp new limits on a favorite tool used by securities regulators to recoup money from people found to have violated federal laws. The justices unanimously said the Securities and Exchange Commission is bound by a...

Finra engages in rulemaking by enforcement: financial industry groups

June 21, 2017

Financial industry trade associations criticized Finra for using enforcement to establish regulatory standards for brokers rather than the formal rulemaking process, in letters to the broker-dealer regulator as part of its self-examination process....

Rep barred for not disclosing $100 million in private transactions: Finra

June 7, 2017

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Securities America as the firm that employed Jim Seol. He was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services. A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority hearing panel has barred a...

Finra fines former Sterne Agee rep for VA violations

June 7, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has suspended a former Stifel, Nicolaus broker, for four months and fined him $10,000 for engaging in transactions involving variable annuities that allegedly violated Finra rules. In September 2014,...

SEC charges former broker with putting customers in unsuitable, risky investments

April 25, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former broker Tuesday with trading leveraged ETFs and ETNs in customers' accounts and misappropriating $170,000 from one of his customers. The SEC says that Demitrios Hall traded 179 daily leveraged...

Jay Clayton talked to several wealthy Trump backers before nomination to SEC

April 3, 2017

Jay Clayton, the deals lawyer nominated to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, had "substantive" communications with several wealthy backers of then President-elect Donald J. Trump before he was offered the job in January. Mr. Clayton...

Puzder withdraws as Trump's Labor nominee amid Republican doubts

February 15, 2017

Andrew Puzder withdrew Wednesday as President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee as controversy deepened over his personal life and private sector background. Mr. Puzder had been scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. The...

SEC slaps restraining order on Chicago adviser for allegedly scamming seniors ​

March 27, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has put an emergency asset freeze and issued a temporary restraining order against a Chicago RIA, saying that the adviser and his firm scammed elderly clients out of millions of dollars. Daniel H. Glick...

Finra bars former Hilliard Lyons broker

January 18, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred a former Hilliard Lyons broker who recently settled a customer complaint alleging excessive trading and commissions, unauthorized trades and portfolio mismanagement. Finra on Tuesday...

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