The SEC has charged James Roland Jones of Redondo Beach, California, with perpetrating a fraudulent scheme to sell what he called “insider tips” on the dark web. The dark web allows users to access the internet anonymously and, as such, has often been used to host websites and marketplaces that […]
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According to a survey conducted by the personal finance website MagnifyMoney, nearly half of U.S. adults think financial advisors are expensive and only for the wealthy, even though almost all who use advisors consider them worth it, according to a new survey. The survey of 1,500 adults found that 30% […]
The authority to open SEC investigations, and therefore to issue subpoenas, was expanded under the Obama Administration to the director of Enforcement, rather than solely to the Commission itself. The Director of Enforcement then delegated that authority to various senior officials, including regional and associate directors and specialized unit chiefs. […]
The FINRA CRD system, with its BrokerCheck component, has been a thorn in the side of financial professionals since BrokerCheck was created. Expungement is one way to lessen the impact. Form U-4 and Form U-5 were designed to provide important information to regulators, including pending claims and investigations. The Forms […]
In a ruling that may impact the independent BD model, as least in California, Uber and Lyft were ordered by a California court to reclassify their drivers in the state as employees, marking the latest escalation in an ongoing legal battle over a new law impacting much of the on-demand […]
Every securities broker is required, by law, to file a report of any suspicious transaction relevant to a possible violation of law or regulation. A transaction requires reporting if it involves or aggregates funds or other assets of at least $5,000, and the broker-dealer knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect that […]
There have been many developments in securities whistleblower rulings over the years, but none as compelling as Justice Ginsburg’s opinion in Digital Realty Trust, Inc., vs. Somers which held that an employee who merely reports potential securities law violations internally has not done enough to avail himself of the extensive Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation […]
How you respond to an SEC subpoena makes a difference. Tips from an experienced securities attorney.
Compliance with Regulation Best Interest (Regulation BI) and Form CRS is due on June 30, 2020 for all registered broker-dealers and investment advisers. See Introduction to Regulation Best Interest Regulation Best Interest at FINRA Regulation Best Interest (BI) information at the SEC website