Mark Schoeff Jr.

Mark Schoeff Jr. is a senior reporter at InvestmentNews. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers legislation and regulations affecting retail investment advisers and brokers. Prior to joining InvestmentNews in 2010, he wrote about employment and labor law for Workforce Management, a magazine that was published at the time by Crain Communications. He is a member of the National Press Club board. Before migrating to the editorial side of the journalism ecosystem, he served as press secretary for the late Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana and as director of external relations for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington. In a region where people keep their hometown loyalties intact, he has lived in the Washington area long enough to become an actual fan of the Nationals, Wizards, Capitals and the Washington Football Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from George Mason University.


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SEC approves Finra rule to rein in rogue brokerages

The rule requires firms with a history of misconduct or that employ a high number of reps with disciplinary records to deposit cash into an account controlled by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.


Bill mandating SEC test for accredited investors draws criticism

Legislation by Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., would allow anyone who passes the agency's exam to purchase unregistered securities, but credentialing groups are concerned about the mechanism for becoming a sophisticated investor.


House committee approves bill to increase family office oversight

Legislation written by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., would require some advisory firms that manage wealthy families' finances to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


CFP Board proposes tougher penalties for hiding misconduct

The proposals would impose public censure for CFPs who fail to self-report ethical problems. The guidelines are the first recommendations to come from the Commission on Sanctions and Fitness, which was established earlier this year.


PRO Act opponents target new bill that could curtail independent advisers

The bill, drafted by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is aimed at reforming the unemployment compensation system, and could restrict use of the independent contractor classification. However, the proposed legislation lacks bipartisan support.


SEC fines 27 firms in first-ever Form CRS actions

The agency charged 21 investment advisers and six brokerages with missing delivery or posting deadlines. The customer relationship summary outlines fees, services and potential conflicts of interest and is supposed to help clients understand business practices.


House panel to vote on increasing family office oversight

The legislation, written by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., would require family offices with more than $750 million in AUM to register with SEC.


Trade groups step up fight against bill they say threatens independent advisers

Opponents contend the measure, known as the PRO Act, could negate independent-contractor agreements between advisers and financial firms.


Finra CEO wants to extend remote branch office inspections into 2022

Temporary relief from onsite examinations, which began at the start of the pandemic, is set to expire in December.


SEC warns advisers about wrap-fee conflicts

The agency's risk alert highlights problems that it found in examinations of more than 100 advisers who served as portfolio managers or sponsors of wrap-fee programs or who advised their clients’ accounts through third-party wrap managers.

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