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SEC Issues Guidance to Ease Fund Implementation of “Clean Shares”

In January, we authored a post discussing an SEC no-action letter, dated January 11, 2017, to Capital Group (the “Capital Group Letter”), the parent company of American Funds. In the Capital Group Letter, the SEC agreed that...more

Bill Introduced To Require Registration Of Finders Under The California Finance Lenders Law

The California Finance Lenders Law, Financial Code § 22000 et seq., currently requires licensing of finance lenders and brokers. A finance lender is defined as any person who is engaged in the business of making consumer...more

RIAs win one with Fiduciary Rule Delay

When it comes to standards, I know Kosher is Kosher. However, when it comes to meat, observant Jews now only eat Glatt Kosher meat. It’s a higher standard in the sense that it’s supposed to mean that there is a lack of...more

CFPB Fines Lender and Real Estate Brokers for Improper Kickback Scheme

On Jan. 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed consent orders against one of the largest independent residential mortgage lenders, two real estate brokers and a mortgage servicer for their roles in an...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Application of 1940 Act Section 22(d) to Brokers Selling Clean Shares of Mutual Funds

In response to a request for interpretative guidance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff (staff) advised on January 11, 2017 that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 does not prevent a broker...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update – February 2017

REGULATION - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Fiduciary Rule - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a second set of guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become...more

One Man’s Rogue Broker Is Another Man’s Treasure

Like it has in the past, FINRA is sharply focused on examining brokers with a disciplinary past, including the indentification and examination of such brokers being placed at the top of its 2017 exam priorities. Does this...more

Mutual Funds Come Clean: Brokers Can Set Fund Share Sales Charges

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management effectively allowed brokers to determine the commissions they will charge their customers who buy “Clean Shares” of mutual funds. In a “no-action” letter...more

SEC Staff Allows Brokers to Set Fund Commissions with “Clean Shares”

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter on January 11, 2017 explicitly permitting brokers to set their own commission rates for sales of so-called “clean shares” of mutual funds. Previously, as...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

FBI Is Focused On Professional Service Providers

James C. Barnacle, Chief of the Money Laundering Unit in the Financial Crimes Section, Criminal Investigation Division, of the FBI recently stated that there is a RENEWED emphasis on investigations targeting “ money...more

FINRA's Regulatory and Examination Priorities of 2017

This week, FINRA published its Regulatory and Examinations Priorities Letter providing member firms and industry professionals with information about FINRA plans for 2017. While not comprehensive or all inclusive, FINRA’s...more

Top FINRA Priorities for 2017

On January 4, FINRA released its Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which outlines the areas it plans to review over the coming year.  FINRA President and CEO, Robert Cook, says that attention to these core...more

FINRA Investor Education Foundation Announces Investor Survey Results

On December 13, 2016, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation published Investors in the United States 2016 (the “Report”), which includes the results of its investor survey of 2,000 individuals from across the United States...more

SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

Asbestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided...

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and...more

NY Financial Services Companies’ 2017 Resolution: Cybersecurity

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made headlines back in late September with a “first-in-the-nation” piece of legislation aimed at mandating specific cybersecurity protocols for banks, insurance...more

‘I’m yours … and yours’: California Supreme Court puts restrictions on ‘dual agents’

The California Supreme Court just closed a loophole as to whether a salesperson’s duties to a buyer in a real estate transaction – when that salesperson’s broker is acting as a “dual agent” – includes the duty to learn and...more

FINRA Fine Addresses Broker Compensation and Conflicts of Interest

A recent enforcement action by FINRA underscores the regulator’s continuing concern regarding how financial advisers are paid to sell investment products. In a case announced on November 28, 2016, a member firm settled...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The Financial Stability Board—that Swiss-based grand collection of central bankers and regulators from the world’s biggest economies—has upped the systemic importance ranking for three of America’s biggest banks, including...more

New FINRA Capital Acquisition Broker Rules May Offer Limited Relief to Private Investment Fund Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposal to adopt a new regime for the regulation of electing broker-dealer firms that meet the...more

The Fiduciary Rule isn’t the 11th Plague, you can predict that

I’ve heard so many negative things about the impact that the fiduciary rule will have on the retirement plan business, you’d think Irwin Allen made a disaster movie of it. You’d think it was the 11th plague to free the...more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal to Regulation Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a supplemental proposal on automated trading November 4, 2016, that revises a number of the regulations proposed by the Commission in its initial proposal. The Supplemental...more

Mortgage Lenders Receive Wake Up Call from CFPB

Last week, the CFPB issued a warning letter to 44 mortgage lenders and brokers concerning possible violations related to their collection and reporting of mortgage data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and...more

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