Tag Archives: Finance


SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Custody Rule Violations

October 29, 2014 Dear Friends, Today, the SEC announced charges against an investment adviser for violating the Custody Rule, for consistently delivering audited financials late. Pursuant to the Custody Rule, investment advisers with custody of private fund assets, must distribute audited financials to investors within 120 days of fiscal year end.  In this case, the firm delivered the audited financials […]

CFTC Guidance on CPO Delegation Process

Dear Friends, On May 12, 2014, the CFTC announced a streamlined approach for considering requests for no-action relief with respect to CPOs who delegate certain activities to a registered CPO (e.g. GPs of limited partnerships who delegate CPO authority to a registered investment manager). Each delegating CPO must submit a letter certifying it meets certain criteria outlined in the release. […]

Before Starting a Hedge Fund, Build Up Your Track Record

Earlier this month, Daniel Strachman, a financial expert who serves as the Director of Research and Strategy for the GAIM Conference Series, told StreetID that if hedge funds want to attract more capital, they need to tell a good story. “[Make] sure that they’re succinct in their message about what they’re doing with the capital they’re investing,” he said. Hedge […]

Best Places to Start a Financial Firm

From New York and Chicago to London and Hong Kong, there are plenty of locations to launch a new financial firm. But where should aspiring entrepreneurs begin? “British Virgin Islands,” Andrei Knight, the founder and Senior Currency Strategist at fxKnight.com, suggested. “Panama, maybe. The problem with those jurisdictions, of course, is also the shady element. That’s where the loosest regulations […]

Recruiters Hate Cover Letters, But You Still Need One

Will the debate surrounding the importance of cover letters ever come to an end? Earlier this month, former recruiter Anne-Marie Baiynd told StreetID that recruiters don’t read cover letters. “The managers don’t read them either because it’s all fluff,” she said. But Kunal Desai, who is also a former recruiter (as well as the CEO of Bulls on Wall Street), […]

Real Estate Wrap-up and the RIA

Residential Real Estate  There are dozens of reasons why the residential real estate market bubbled and exploded, causing the ensuing credit crisis and economic strife. The popularity of loans requiring no documentation, the easy access to sub-prime loans and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates low all intertwined to fuel the housing crisis. The housing bubble was also […]

Take Advantage of the Future by Investing Now

              Investors at all levels have been tempted to stash their savings away in what they view as safe places: federally-insured banks, gold, their mattresses. But, as retirement creeps closer, or for some of you, continues on, it is difficult to protect the value of what you have. It is even more difficult to take what you have and get […]

Taking Control of the Things We Can

Earlier this week, after wrestling with the spate of painful economic news provided by major media, I recognized that I had no immediate control over any of the massive economic concerns. The stock market zigged when I hoped it would zag. Unemployment numbers, often reported differently, moved at different paces in the undesirable direction. Our federal deficit grew, which increased […]

Thomas J. Powell – Reasonable Regulation: That’s Allstate’s Stand

Reasonable Regulation: That’s Allstate’s Stand             Many companies involved in financial services cower when an official of any stature mentions the threat of national regulation, but Allstate has decided to embrace it. Since late April, Allstate has been pushing an advertising campaign that is rooted in support for creating a national regulation agency for all players in the financial industry, […]