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Working in Golden Years Has Its Rewards – And Risks

November 8, 2019

Roger Verboon still remembers one of his first assignments as the practice management consultant in charge of advisor continuity and succession planning. An 85-year-old advisor in California was displaying warning signs of diminished mental...

Cybersecurity is a ticking time bomb for 401(k)s

November 6, 2019

In a recent call with a 15,000-employee plan sponsor client that had implemented automatic enrollment, Kathleen Kelly, managing director at Compass Financial Partners, discussed their concerns that a majority of the plan participants had not...

Wife of barred broker helped him produce $6 million in commissions: Finra

November 4, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has suspended the wife of a broker who was barred from the securities industry 20 years ago, alleging that the wife, along with a second broker who worked as a supervisor, "enabled" the barred...

Enhancing financial advice with model portfolios

October 11, 2019

Shifting demographics, changing attitudes toward advice, and growing regulatory and compliance requirements are placing greater demands on financial advisers to generate more efficiencies and economies of scale to meet their goals. Despite these...

Broadridge moves deeper into advice space with Fi360 acquisition

October 10, 2019

Broadridge Financial Solutions, a technology company best known for processing trades, is continuing its move into the financial advice space by acquiring Fi360, a provider of fiduciary education, training and technology to advisers. Fi360 sells...

Could Reg BI be a business opportunity?

October 4, 2019

The SEC's recently adopted Regulation Best Interest has spurred many industry participants to focus on the challenges for compliance. Often the typical response to a new regulation is to ask: "What can we do to satisfy this regulation and keep...

Voya Financial Advisors settles with more than a dozen clients of former broker

September 27, 2019

Voya Financial Advisors Inc. is cleaning up the mess a former broker created by investing clients heavily in nontraded real estate investment trusts and variable annuities. The ex-broker, James T. Flynn, was registered with Voya Financial Advisors...

How regtech is changing compliance at financial firms

September 26, 2019

Just as digital technology is forcing advisers to evolve their business, it's also impacting compliance departments across the financial services industry. At a recent technology event in New York hosted by the Securities Industry and Financial...

Cost to play bigger role in investment recommendations

August 19, 2019

Cost will soon play a more important role in the investment recommendations brokers make to clients. The Securities and Exchange Commission, as part of its recent overhaul of investment-advice standards for brokers and financial advisers, explicitly...

Defining the standard for data stewardship

August 15, 2019

When I founded Envestnet almost 20 years ago, my vision for the company was clear: to help independent advisers and financial institutions deliver better outcomes to their clients through cloud-based technology and related services. Data aggregation...

Finra widens window on exam cycle for some small firms

August 8, 2019

Finra will widen the examination cycle for some small brokerage firms, according to one of the regulator's board members. Robert A. Muh, chief executive of Sutter Securities, said in an interview that small firms with a "clean record" — those...

Super OSJ or small firm? What small and midsize practices should consider

July 31, 2019

Many small and midsize practices are leery of affiliating with a large firm because they fear that may result in getting lost in the shuffle. Indeed, when you are just a number in a sea of advisers, it can be challenging to get the type of support...

Vendors need to be held to a higher standard on privacy

July 25, 2019

Not that long ago, keeping clients' data secure was easy. It merely required a lock and key. Now, with third-party providers, remote access and the use of internet platforms, keeping clients' personally identifiable information private is much...

Why a culture of compliance is critical

July 19, 2019

The financial industry's reputation was hit broadside by the financial crisis, eroding trust and opening the door for new industry players offering transparency, convenient service models and lower fees. We remain in a general environment of...

Merrill Lynch pays $40 million settlement over broker churning, faces second claim for $42 million

July 19, 2019

Merrill Lynch last month paid a stunning $40 million settlement to a customer who alleged his broker churned his account and is facing a similar claim for $42 million from another customer who had the same broker. The broker, Charles E. Kenahan,...

Texting your clients? Read this first

July 15, 2019

Are you texting your clients? Do clients text you? Are you sure you know the answers to these questions when it comes to your staff? If you haven't added texting as a component of your firm's communications mix, perhaps it's because you believe...

Cybersecurity still a top concern among RIA compliance execs

July 15, 2019

For the sixth year in a row, cybersecurity remains the biggest compliance concern at registered investment adviser firms, according to a survey of 369 RIA firms by the Investment Adviser Association and ACA Compliance Group. Cybersecurity is...

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...

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...

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