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SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest and Other Reforms Aimed at Protecting Retail Investors

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission passed a package of regulations aimed at reforming standards for brokers and financial advisors providing investment advice. According to the SEC, the regulations are “designed to enhance the quality and transparency of retail investors’ relationships with investment advisers and broker-dealers, bringing the legal […]

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Brokerage Firms May Be Responsible for Selling GPB Capital Funds

GPB Capital Holdings, an alternative asset management firm based in New York, is the subject of investigations by FINRA, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and state regulators. GPB Capital raised approximately $1.8 billion from investors in private placement funds primarily invested in the waste management and auto dealership sectors. […]

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Investor Choice Act of 2019 and Legislative Proposals

On April 3, 2019, the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets, part of the House Committee on Financial Services, held a hearing entitled: Putting Investors First: Reviewing Proposals to Hold Executives Accountable.  The hearing examined six legislative proposals that are designed to hold public company executives accountable to […]

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Maryland Fiduciary Rule

Legislation proposed in the Maryland Senate, Senate Bill 786 – Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2019, contains a controversial fiduciary rule which defines certain investment professionals as fiduciaries. Under the bill, investment advisers, broker-dealers, broker-dealer agents, and insurance producers would be defined as fiduciaries and would be required to act […]

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Volkswagen Fraud – Former CEO Defrauding Bond Investors

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Volkswagen AG, its subsidiaries Volkswagen Group of America Finance, LLC and VW Credit, Inc., and it’s former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, with defrauding U.S. bond investors in connection with its clean diesel scandal. In its complaint, the SEC alleges that between April 2014 […]

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Trading of Short – Term Unit Investment Trusts Ends with Suspension and Fines

By Tom Costello of Costello Law Group FINRA suspended ex LPL broker, Mark Tauzin, from the securities industry for eight months for unsuitable short-term trading of unit investment trusts (UITs). FINRA alleged the short term trading was for the purpose of generating excessive commissions. FINRA ordered Tauzin to repay clients $205,000 plus interest […]

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Broker Barred for Non-Compliance with FINRA Rules

By Tom Costello of Costello Law Group Henry Al Dean Watson, a former Hillard Lyons broker, was barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for allegedly engaging in unauthorized trades and excessive trading. Watson recently settled a customer claim relating to those allegations. Watson refused to testify in the regulatory proceeding against […]

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Texas Firm and Founding Member Suspended for Five Years

By Tom Costello of Costello Law Group posted in Securities on Monday, April 10, 2017. Jens Pinkernell and his firm J. Pinkernell Global Wealth was suspended for five years by the Texas Securities Commissioner for over charging two clients. Pinkernell allegedly overcharged the clients approximately $47,000 over a three year period. According to the Texas Securities […]

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Charges Advisor for Operation Ponzi Scheme

By Tom Costello of Costello Law Group  The Secretary of the Commonwealth in Massachusetts, William Galvin, charged Stephen Eubanks for engaging in a Ponzi scheme. Eubanks solicited customers to purchase shares of a fund he managed named “Eubiquity Capital Fund.” According to authorities in Massachusetts, instead of investing customer monies in the Eubiquity […]

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