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Merrill Lynch settles with SEC over ADR trading abuses

March 22, 2019

Merrill Lynch has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will pay more than $8 million in a case involving improper handling of "pre-released" American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). Without admitting or denying the SEC's findings,...

Securities America hit with lawsuit seeking $18 million in damages

March 21, 2019

Securities America Inc. is dealing with the fallout from a rogue broker it fired last year, who was later charged with running a Ponzi. The firm now faces a lawsuit alleging that a family suffered $18 million in losses after working with the...

Brian Block continues his legal fight to stay out of prison

March 21, 2019

Convicted of securities fraud almost two years ago, Brian Block's fight to stay out of prison turned the page this week as he lost his bid for a new trial in federal court, but appealed to a higher venue for another attempt to prove his innocence....

Advisers charged with 'gambling away' millions from clients

March 20, 2019

Massachusetts securities regulators have charged two investment adviser representatives and their firm, Oakdale Wealth Management, with "gambling away" millions of dollars on unsuitable energy investments from more than 250 client accounts....

SEC fines and censures Talimco for manipulating real estate auction

March 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Talimco, a New York-based registered investment adviser, and Grant Gardner Rogers, its former chief operating officer, with manipulating a commercial real estate auction to favor one client...

FPA butts heads with Michael Kitces over $8 million in 'missing' funds

March 18, 2019

The Financial Planning Association was forced into scramble mode Friday after a blog post from Michael Kitces alleged that the FPA was responsible for nearly $8 million worth of "missing" revenue over the past decade. Mr. Kitces, partner and...

SEC bars California adviser over $5.7 million fraud

March 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred adviser Craig Arsenault of Laguna Niguel, Calif., for defrauding clients of his registered investment advisory firm, Atlas Capital Management. (More:​ SEC bars adviser charged with stealing...

Wedbush to pay $250,000 penalty to settle SEC charges

March 14, 2019

Wedbush Securities will pay a $250,000 penalty and has agreed to be censured by the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a pending administrative proceeding in which it was charged with failure to supervise. In its March 2018 order instituting...

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan gets 5.7 percent pay boost, $2 million bonus

March 14, 2019

Wells Fargo & Co. boosted Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan's compensation by 5.7% to $18.4 million for last year as the bank has worked to overcome multiple scandals. Mr. Sloan got $2.4 million in salary and $14 million of restricted stock...

Clients don't trust you? Here's a perfect product to pitch

March 13, 2019

For advisers who are licensed to sell insurance and are great salespeople, but believe their clients and prospects don't trust them, a Towson, Md.-based insurance company has come up with what may be the perfect product: anti-embezzlement insurance....

Former Pimco CEO charged in college admissions bribery scheme

March 12, 2019

Former chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Co. Douglas Hodge was one of dozens charged Tuesday in criminal conspiracy to help win admission to elite universities. According to an indictment filed by federal prosecutors, Mr. Hodge...

Wells Fargo CEO disputes claim the bank is too big to manage

March 12, 2019

Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan detailed efforts he's taken to turn the bank around and pushed back against a lawmaker's claims that it's too big to manage in testimony Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee....

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan draws bipartisan criticism at tough House hearing

March 12, 2019

More than two years after Wells Fargo & Co. erupted into scandals, Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan returned to Capitol Hill to lay out his efforts to clean up the mess. The bank has apparently made little progress in winning over lawmakers....

SEC bars former broker for taking more than $1 million from client accounts

March 11, 2019

John Gregory Schmidt, who was discharged by Wells Fargo Advisors in October 2017 and barred by Finra shortly thereafter, has been barred by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misappropriating $1.3 million from the accounts of clients,...

Former adviser sentenced to two years for lying to clients, SEC

March 8, 2019

Richard G. Cody, a former investment adviser and registered representative barred by Finra in March 2018, was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for deceiving former clients and lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Cody,...

BB&T Securities reaches $5.7 million settlement with SEC for deceiving clients

March 5, 2019

BB&T Securities, a wholly owned brokerage subsidiary of BB&T Corp., has reached a $5.7 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations that it misled clients and caused them to overpay for advisory services. BB&T...

Chicago-area 'adviser' convicted in $10 million swindle

February 27, 2019

Shawn Baldwin, a Chicago area financial adviser who was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. in 2012, has been convicted by a federal court of swindling investors out of $10 million over more than a decade. Mr. Baldwin...

SEC settles fraud case with jailed former Morgan Stanley adviser

February 22, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission has entered a final judgment against James S. Polese, a Boston-based former adviser with Morgan Stanley, who was charged with misappropriating client funds. The agency also barred him from the securities...

Ex-broker stole $100,000 from client, Galvin says

February 21, 2019

A former Massachusetts investment adviser rep, Bruce Worthington, was charged with fraudulently misappropriating or taking close to $100,000 from a client's accounts starting in 2006, according to a complaint filed Thursday by the Secretary...

Massachusetts fines United Planners $100,000 in real estate scam case

February 19, 2019

Massachusetts securities regulators have fined United Planners Financial Services of America $100,000 for failure to supervise one of its brokers, Thomas T. Riquier, in connection with a complex real estate scheme that defrauded investors and...

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