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SEC and CFTC Say Cryptocurrency and ICO Trading No Longer Off Their Radars

In a commentary that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, referred to the new regulation scenario for cryptocurrency trading. In fact, they expanded the concept to ”distributed ledger technology…
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CFTC Targets Multi-Million Dollar Cryptocurrency Fraud with Multiple Suits

In line with its expressed intent to increase its oversight over the cryptocurrency market, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed three related fraud suits in a single week. The third lawsuit targets the creators of “My Big Coin,” who allegedly used $6 million dollars received from buyers…
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FINRA Plans to Crack Down on High-Risk Brokers, Are You at Risk?

In conversation with Chip Jones, FINRA’s Senior Vice President of Member Relations and Education, Mike Rufino, Executive Vice President and Head of FINRA Member Regulation—Sales Practice expanded on Robert Cook’s 2018 Priorities Letter, which was released during the first days of the year. Rufino explained how FINRA plans…
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FINRA Rules 2165 & 4512 – Elder Abuse in the Securities Industry

Based on research conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 16% of elder abuse was caused by financial exploitation, which ranked third followed right after self-neglect and neglect by others. This percentage had increased from 12.3% since 2001; however, elder abuse is vastly under reported. According to…
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Former SEC Chair Warning: Lack of Oversight of Registered Investment Advisors an Impending Disaster

According to former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, the SEC insufficient examination of registered investment advisors is a “disaster waiting to happen.” Without adequate oversight, misconduct at small advisory firms could be building up for years. While FINRA and state regulators vet half of all…
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Morgan Stanley No Longer Bound by the Protocol for Broker Recruiting

In a move that could be categorized as ‘seismic,’ Morgan Stanley has decided to quit the Protocol for Broker Recruiting. Originated in 2004, the document created a methodology to engineer the departure of brokers from one firm to join another. Since then, it has protected departing brokers from litigation…
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