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What Elon Musk can teach advisers about social media

October 15, 2018

Social media is hard, and success requires patience, dedication and a lot of work. There's no definite "right way" to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other platform. There's no handbook for advisers on how to attract a million followers...

Can investment advisers disclose away all conflicts? Can brokers?

October 16, 2018

With the release of its regulatory package on April 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission drew an important distinction between disclosure obligations for investment advisers versus those for brokers. Even as the greater fiduciary debate...

Jay Clayton rejects Trump tweet calling for less frequent earnings reports

October 11, 2018

Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton just tapped the brakes on President Donald J. Trump's push to let U.S. companies report earnings less frequently. "I don't think quarterly reporting is going to change for our top names...

What's at stake with a branch audit?

October 1, 2018

Each year, or every couple of years at offices on a lighter schedule, your home office (or branch manager/office of supervisory jurisdiction) sends out an auditor to go over all of your files. Typically, the auditor is friendly and seems quite...

Voya pays $1 million to settle SEC charges over cybersecurity breach

September 26, 2018

Voya Financial Advisors will pay $1 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges regarding a data security breach that compromised the personal information of thousands of customers. An SEC order says that over a period of six...

When it comes to regulating AI in financial services, murky waters are ahead

August 17, 2018

Amid all the excitement about the potential uses of artificial intelligence in financial advice, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how this new technology will fit into the existing regulatory framework governing financial services firms....

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 bars rep under investigation for client forgery

June 4, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. representative Donnell Noah Bowen for failing to provide requested information and for failing to appear at a Finra hearing. (More: NY...

Cyber assailants targeted in important new security sweep

June 7, 2018

According to compliance and cybersecurity experts, financial industry regulators are embarking on a new cybersecurity sweep, with a focus on registrants' data loss prevention, oversight of third-party service providers and incident response...

401(k) adviser disclosures need an important update

September 17, 2018

A fiduciary serves a vital role in society. In the most basic form, a fiduciary is expected to make dispassionate decisions in the sole interest of the less informed. To serve in the role requires the fiduciary to embrace the twin duties of...

Betterment slapped with $400,000 fine from Finra

June 22, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has fined the digital advice company Betterment $400,000 for violating the customer protection rule and not properly maintaining its books and records. From October 2013 through January 2015,...

Supreme Court ruling on SEC judges unlikely to upend advice industry

June 21, 2018

The Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday against the Securities and Exchange Commission could help some financial advisers who are currently engaged in legal battles with the agency, but will likely have little impact on new cases, according to...

9 ways advisers may have custody without knowing it

October 5, 2017

As complexity in the financial advice business goes, there is nothing quite like the infamous custody rule, which includes a gauntlet of trigger points that can deem a registered investment adviser as having custody. According to SEC filings,...

Finra hits State Street with $1.5 million fine for electronic record-keeping violations

July 12, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured State Street Global Markets and fined it $1.5 million for failing to maintain electronic brokerage records in a non-erasable and non-rewritable format, known as WORM, as required...

Seeking to protect client assets, SEC may have hurt the client

July 12, 2017

For many people, the term "inadvertent custody" might describe the feeling a parent has upon finding someone else's child in the family room a half hour after the birthday party has ended. In the world of investments, the term "inadvertent custody"...

SEC bars former Ameritas adviser after fraud trial finds him guilty

June 9, 2017

Responding to a jury that found Sheik F. Khan guilty of securities and investment adviser fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission has barred the former Ameritas adviser from the securities industry. (More: DOL fiduciary rule takes effect,...

Finra censures and fines Sterne Agee for failing to supervise former CEO

June 1, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc., and fined it $160,000 for failing to supervise the activities of its former CEO, James Holbrook, Jr. Between June 1, 2011 and May 23, 2014, the firm "did...

In latest A-share discount snafu, broker-dealer pays $1.37 million to clients

September 5, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. flagged another broker-dealer for not giving clients discounts when they bought mutual fund A shares, this time reaching a settlement with Lincoln Investment Planning in which the firm paid $1.37...

Finra releases proposal to relieve broker-dealers of supervision of unaffiliated RIAs

February 28, 2018

Brokerage firms would not have to supervise work their registered representatives do for unaffiliated registered investment advisers under a Finra proposal released this week. The rule would streamline brokerages' obligations for monitoring...

Gotcha! 10 lessons from brokers gone bad

August 13, 2018

How many activities can regulators scrutinize to nab brokers and advisers? Let us count the ways. Actually, Cipperman Compliance Services has already done so. Read here 10 cases of endemic broker misconduct Cipperman has examined, and what it...

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