Author: Mark Astarita

Brokers

UBS Pulls a Fast One on its Own Employees

Only a few months after withdrawing from the Protocol, UBS Financial Services is requiring brokers waiting for their 2017 bonuses to sign agreements that open them to lawsuits and arbitration complaints if they try to contact former clients within 12 months of leaving the U.S. broker-dealer unit of the Swiss bank. […]

Cryptocurrency
Corp Finance Investors

Bitcoin Fraud On the Rise

Proponents of the varied cryptocurrencies believe that buying these “coins” will make them millionaires. For some, it is hard to argue, given the spectacular gains in the currency over the past year. However, those of us who have been involved in the securities markets for more than a few years, […]

News

State-level fines and penalties hit 5-year high

The SEC has begun to work with the Department of Labor on a fiduciary rule proposal to harmonize the standards of conduct for advisors and broker-dealers, Jay Clayton, the agency’s chairman, told members of the House Financial Services Committee. Clayton’s comments suggest that after months of collecting and reviewing comments […]

Compliance

Overseas Stock Manipulator Settles SEC Charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that an overseas stock manipulator has agreed to pay nearly $800,000 and be permanently barred from involvement in penny stocks after hiding his significant stake in a small oil & gas company while secretly funding a fraudulent promotional campaign that artificially boosted the […]