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Barclays Reaches $97 Million Settlement with SEC

Barclays Reaches $97 Million Settlement with SEC

Barclays Capital has reached a $97 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve allegations that its Wealth and Investment Management Americas (WIMA) unit overcharged clients by $50 million between 2010 and 2015.
The SEC’s investigation determined that...

FINRA Settles Complaint Over Undisclosed Tax Liens Over $1 MIllion

FINRA Settles Complaint Over Undisclosed Tax Liens Over $1 MIllion

Kevin Richard Graetz, a former broker from New York, recently settled a FINRA complaint relating to his alleged failure to report $1 Million in tax liens over the course of seven years.
FINRA requires registered personnel to disclose tax liens and any other unsatisfied judgments in their Form...


FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines

FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines

Last April, FINRA announced that it had revised the sanction guidelines that apply when there has been a violation of a FINRA rule. Professionals in the industry whose activities are regulated by FINRA need to be aware of the scope and impact of these changes.
The Sanction Guidelines do not...


FINRA Fines TD Bank Unit over Failure to Review Emails

FINRA Fines TD Bank Unit over Failure to Review Emails

A unit of TD Bank, a US subsidiary of Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank, has agreed to pay a $125,000 fine to resolve allegations that it failed to record the required review of 3.1 million emails.
FINRA requires that all securities-related correspondence between registered representatives...


FINRA Implements New Rule and Procedures to Prevent Financial Exploitation of Seniors

FINRA Implements New Rule and Procedures to Prevent Financial Exploitation of Seniors
New FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults) and Amendments to FINRA Rule 4512 (Customer Account Information)

America’s population is rapidly aging. The number of US residents over the age of 65 is expected to double over the next 30 years. Today, seniors, specifically baby boomers, control 50% of all existing investable assets across the country.
This portion of the US population has a...