Tag Archives: brokers


SEC Chair Endorses Uniform Fiduciary Standard

March 18, 2015 Dear Friends, SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced that she would like the SEC to develop a new rule, requiring brokers to have a fiduciary duty akin to investment advisers – to hold clients’ interests ahead of their own, rather than just making “suitable” recommendations. Additionally, Chair White endorsed the concept of third party providers supplementing the […]

FINRA Cybersecurity Report

February 12, 2015 Dear Friends, FINRA released a report on cybersecurity practices, outlining the results from its 2014 cybersecurity sweep targeting high-frequency traders, independent dealers, large investment banks, clearing firms, and online brokerages. The report identifies principles and effective practices that all firms should consider, including the importance of: Sound Cybersecurity Governance, with Strong Leadership; Cybersecurity Risk Assessments; Development, Implementation, […]

SEC Charges Equity Research Firm Owner

December 16, 2014 Dear Friends, Today, the SEC  announced charges against an equity research firm owner for engaging in wash trades – creating the misleading appearance of consistent active trading in an otherwise thinly traded stock. Additionally, the SEC alleges that the owner and his employees acted as unregistered brokers by raising over $2.5 million from investors, on behalf of […]

FINRA Bonus Disclosure Rule to SEC

Dear Friends, On March 10, 2014, FINRA filed a proposal with the SEC requiring brokers who receive more than $100,000 in incentive compensation to switch firms, to disclose to clients how much they are paid. Brokers would disclose a compensation range in $500,000 to $1,000,000 bands. The proposed rule was approved by FINRA in September 2013, in an effort to […]

The Delicate Balance Between Government Financial Reform and Unintended Consequences

In last Saturday’s edition of the New York Times, Joe Nocera wrote an interesting piece outlining some of the major obstacles currently facing the House Financial Services Committee.  The agency, which considers measures ranging from the banking industry to economic issues to insurance, is responsible for drafting a new financial reform package on behalf of the Obama Administration.  At the […]