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Evolution of Publicly Traded Stock Ownership in the US 1990s-2016

The last few years have seen an improvement in economic activity in the US. After median family net worth remained stagnant between 2010 and 2013, house prices are now rising, corporate equity prices are also on the rise. But how does that translate in terms of traded stock…
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Ironbridge Global Partners and a Subsidiary to Pay $4.4 Million Settlement over Microcap Finance Practices

Ironridge Global Partners LLC has agreed to pay $4.4 million in disgorgement to settle claims that it incurred violations of the Exchange Act when its subsidiary Ironridge Global IV distributed billions of microcap shares without being a registered broker. According to the SEC order, Ironridge violated Section 15(a)…
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FINRA Fine Stats 2016 vs. 2017 and Enforcement Trends

Over the course of 2016, FINRA expelled 24 firms from membership and fined offenders for a total of $176 million. The largest fine amounted to $25 million, paid by MetLife Securities over negligent misrepresentations and omissions in connection with variable annuity replacements. A total of $27,9 million from…
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FINRA Vows to Protect Investors from High-Risk Brokers

In a speech delivered at Georgetown University, FINRA CEO Robert Cook expressed the Regulatory Authority’s intent on helping brokerages identify and supervise brokers with a history of disciplinary action. From now on, FINRA is going to look very closely at how firms hire and supervise high-risk brokers, Cook…
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SEC Seeks Injunction in Case Against Avalon FA Ltd. Over Illegal Market Manipulation Known as Layering

The SEC recently asked a federal judge to freeze $5.4 million of Avalon FA Ltd.’s funds, on account of its practice of “layering.” A Seychelles investment firm run out of Ukraine, Avalon allegedly engaged in illegal market manipulation. Layering, in the SEC’s words is, “a scheme in which…
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Raiding Cases in the Securities Industry – Navigating Claims, Damages & the Rest

Raiding, hiring groups of brokers from a competitor, happens frequently in the securities industry giving rise to complex disputes and damage claims. Whether your firm is the victim or the accused raiding entity, you will need to understand these basics: What is raiding in the securities industry? Which…
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