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New York Guidance on State Securities Filing Rules

New York has released additional guidance on recent rule amendments prepared by the Investor Protection Bureau (IPB) and adopted in 2020. Through these new rules, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has increased transparency for the public into the investment adviser representatives and securities issuers operating in New York state. […]

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Can a Non-Citizen Be An Accredited Investor?

There is no residency or citizenship requirement in the definition of an accredited investor. Many entities and individuals are accredited investors. Rule 501 of Regulation D defines the term. For individuals, accredited investors include: Any director, executive officer, or general partner of the issuer of the securities being offered or sold, or any director, executive officer, […]

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What is Blue Sky Law?

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A blue sky law is a state law regulating the offer and sale of securities, as well as the regulation of broker dealers and stock brokers. Though the specific provisions of these laws vary from(…)

” >Blue Sky Law refers to the laws and regulations of the individual states regarding the registration of securities, brokerage firms and investment advisers. While the most well known securities laws are the federal laws, each state has its own rules and regulations. The blue sky laws of each […]

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Are Advisors Too Expensive?

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% […]

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Review Your WSPs – Subpoenas are Coming

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. […]

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New FINRA Expungement Rules Effective in September

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” >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 […]