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SEC bars ex-LPL broker already serving 12-year prison sentence

March 31, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday filed an order to bar a former LPL Financial broker, Thomas Caniford, who pled guilty in state court in Canton, Ohio, in 2016 to 135 counts, including securities fraud, publishing false statements...

SEC watchers say Trump may not follow traditional party split on regulatory panel

March 21, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's unpredictability may extend to his appointment of Securities and Exchange Commissioner members, financial industry government relations officials said on Tuesday. Traditionally, the SEC's five commissioners are split...

The case for more prominently disclosing compensation and conflicts of interest

March 16, 2017

I didn't receive any questions this month to use as a source for this column. Maybe you were all too busy trying to figure out whether the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is alive or dead? Or you could be trying to figure out how the American...

Retirement industry to undergo major changes with or without DOL fiduciary rule

March 16, 2017

The business of saving for America's retirement is changing. The retirement industry is facing a $7.7 trillion gap, and the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule, which states that advisers must give clients the best advice at a reasonable...

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,...

Finra accepting comments on rule change to allow investment-strategy projections

March 8, 2017

Finra is accepting comments on a proposal that would allow brokers to project the performance of investment strategies in communications with clients. Under the proposal by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., a broker could distribute...

Prospects for independent adviser exams fade with increased SEC efficiency, Piwowar resistance

March 6, 2017

Increasing coverage of investment advisers by a reorganized Securities and Exchange Commission examination staff and resistance from its current Republican member may keep on the shelf a proposal to allow private firms and non-governmental organizations...

Finra bars broker-dealer owner for false testimony, fabricated documents

March 6, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Friday barred the owner of a small independent broker-dealer after he testified falsely during an on-the-record interview and provided fabricated documents relating to his firm's branch office...

8 changes required on adviser form ADV updates

March 3, 2017

RIAs who make changes on their Form ADV after Oct. 1 won't have to provide new information about regulatory assets under management, separately managed accounts and wrap-fee programs until they file their annual ADV amendment next year, according...

Raymond James loses $762,000 penny stock arbitration claim

March 1, 2017

Raymond James & Associates Inc. was tagged last week to pay $762,000 in an arbitration case stemming from penny stocks a legacy Morgan Keegan financial adviser bought for clients from 2007 to 2010. Raymond James & Associates is the employee...

Former Wells Fargo broker barred for parking fraud

February 21, 2017

Thomas James Stewart is now barred from the securities industry for what best may be described as "parking fraud." Mr. Stewart, formerly a broker with Wells Fargo Advisors, used the firm's parking garage stamp without authorization to validate...

Acting SEC chair scales back enforcement unit's subpoena powers

February 17, 2017

Acting SEC Chairman Michael Piwowar has taken steps to limit the agency's enforcement division's powers to initiate investigations and issue subpoenas, according to sources quoted by Reuters. Under the new policy, the enforcement division's...

Finra expels Red River Securities for oil and gas fraud

February 15, 2017

A Finra hearing panel has expelled Red River Securities, a Plano, Texas-based broker-dealer, and barred its CEO Brian Keith Hardwick for fraudulent sales in five oil and gas joint ventures, characterizing the misconduct of both as “egregious.”...

Report shows few advisers examined by California oversight office

February 15, 2017

Broker-dealers and state-registered investment advisers in California have little chance of being examined by the state's Department of Business Oversight, according to figures from its most recent report to the state legislature. The report,...

Finra bars former Wells Fargo rep for churning accounts of 93-year-old

February 14, 2017

Matthew Maczko, formerly a broker with Wells Fargo Advisors in Oak Brook, Ill., has been barred from the securities industry for excessive trading in the accounts of a 93-year-old woman and for lying to Finra about his actions. In its letter...

SEC, Morgan Stanley settle charges related to inverse ETFs

February 14, 2017

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay an $8 million penalty and admit wrongdoing to settle charges related to single inverse ETF investments it recommended to advisory clients, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday in a release. The...

Got client passwords? That means custody to SEC

February 9, 2017

Custody rule provisions aimed at preventing another Bernie Madoff swindle are tripping up financial advisers who have clients' online account usernames and passwords. The adviser custody rule is one of five top areas in which Securities and...

Most advisers' cybersecurity training insufficient

February 7, 2017

Financial advisers should be spending about three times as much time training their staff each year on how to protect the firm and client data from cybersecurity dangers, experts said. About two-thirds of financial advisers spend two hours or...

SEC reveals five most frequent compliance violations

February 7, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission exam arm announced earlier this year that deficiencies involving compliance procedures, regulatory filings, the custody rule, code of ethics, and books and records are the five that most often trip up registered...

SEC charges Connecticut RIA with stealing $3.95M from investors

February 2, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Connecticut-based Sentinel Growth Fund Management and its founder-owner, Mark J. Varacchi, with stealing $3.95 million from investors. In its complaint, the SEC alleges that Mr. Varacchi and...

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