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David Lerner Associates' financial condition deteriorates

July 10, 2019

David Lerner Associates Inc., once known for its radio ads selling municipal bonds, reported in a recent regulatory filing that its financial condition had deteriorated in 2018. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, an annual...

Finra bars ex-Raymond James compliance executive for data tampering

July 8, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. last Wednesday barred a former Raymond James & Associates Inc. compliance executive who in 2016 fiddled with and falsified branch audit data, therefore avoiding performing follow-up work. In January,...

SEC bars ex-Transamerica broker who took $583,000 from clients

July 8, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday barred a former Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc. broker who was charged last summer by the U.S. Attorney's office with securities and bank fraud in taking $583,000 from his clients. The broker,...

Finra slaps Summit Brokerage with fines, restitution over broker churning

July 2, 2019

Summit Brokerage Services Inc. on Tuesday was hit with $880,000 in sanctions for a variety of supervisory failures, including not keeping tabs on a broker who for three years churned client accounts. In fact, compliance employees at Summit failed...

Finra fines, suspends ex-Merrill Lynch broker over loans from clients

June 25, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Tuesday fined a former Merrill Lynch broker $12,500 and suspended him for eight months after the broker borrowed $69,000 from two of his clients without telling his firm. The broker, Fred Brown,...

SEC advice rule brings tech focus back to compliance

June 21, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission's new reforms on financial advice could push firms to rethink how they invest in technology. Technology vendors say they've experienced a flurry of incoming questions from broker-dealers, registered investment...

Finra dings Edward Jones for underreporting alleged damages in customer complaints

June 20, 2019

Over a two-year period, Edward D. Jones & Co. understated alleged damages in nearly 80 customer complaints, according to a settlement announced Wednesday with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. From April 2016 to March 2018, Edward...

Does Reg BI really hold brokers to a higher standard than investment advisers?

June 14, 2019

Reg BI rolled-out with bravado and fanfare on June 5. The SEC chairman spearheaded a two-hour presentation on two rules and two interpretations aimed at bringing "the legal requirements and mandated disclosures in line with reasonable investor...

Cetera latest to be hit with data breach of personal information

June 13, 2019

Cetera Financial Group is the latest in a growing number of financial advice firms to be hit with a data breach, putting information for about 2,000 clients at risk. The firm confirmed the number of clients whose information was potentially...

John Taft: Reg BI the best we could have hoped for

June 12, 2019

Nine years after the Dodd-Frank Act gave the Securities and Exchange Commission authority to raise the bar for individual investor protection, the SEC finally took the bull by the horns last week, approving its long-awaited Regulation Best Interest...

It's time to focus on supervision professionals' specialized needs

June 6, 2019

Many members of our industry tend to view supervision as part of compliance when, in fact, it is its own distinct function. The complex and time-consuming nature of regulation in our space means that these two crucial functions are carried out...

Finra suspends ex-Morgan Stanley broker who made hundreds of CD trades for elderly client

May 31, 2019

A veteran broker formerly with Morgan Stanley was suspended on Friday for 18 months by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. over a matter involving hundreds of trades of bank-issued certificates of deposit in the account of an elderly...

Auditor: Future of broker-dealer with history of problems is in doubt

May 23, 2019

Newbridge Securities Corp., a small to midsize broker-dealer with a history of compliance problems, recently released a grim assessment of its financial health. In its annual audited financial statement, which was filed in March but did not...

Discussing volatility with clients — with a twist

May 20, 2019

Having filled out several risk profiles over the years, I've found they share one characteristic in common: They really don't measure how I feel about losing money on my investments. I understand why advisers must quantify an investor's appetite...

Finra wants to improve how it digitally interacts with member firms

May 14, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. is taking on a multiyear project to improve how member firms digitally interact with the regulator. Based on feedback from more than 50 firms about how the industry engages with Finra for compliance...

May 13, 2019

BY Mark Schoeff Jr. The Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investment advisory firms to devote adequate resources to compliance, which has spurred a debate about whether attitude or money is more important. In a recent speech, Pete...

How much is enough compliance? SEC grumbles about firms' efforts to cover risks

May 13, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investment advisory firms to devote adequate resources to compliance, which has spurred a debate about whether attitude or money is more important. In a recent speech, Pete Driscoll, director...

Finra launches office to focus on fintech

April 24, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. wants to take a closer look at how its member firms are using technology. The securities industry's self-regulatory agency is forming an Office of Financial Innovation to help the agency identify,...

Three crucial compliance requirements to satisfy right now

April 1, 2019

Every year at this time, registered investment advisers are — or should be — thinking about some of the annual regulatory compliance requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yet every year, we are contacted by advisers...

Starting a new advisory firm: How to outsource and structure your practice

March 12, 2019

This is the second in a three-part series detailing what I would do if I were to move to a new town and start an advisory practice from scratch. In my first installment, on marketing, I described how an adviser should go about acquiring a steady...

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