Former top Merrill Lynch adviser barred from securities industry by FINRA

By | November 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

A former top Merrill Lynch adviser is suspended from the securities industry for 18 months by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Bruce K. Lee agreed to the suspension and the $15,000 fine issued on October 23, 2019, according to FINRA’s Broker Check. “Without admitting or denying the findings, Lee consented to the sanctions and to [...]

Reddit users who exploited finance app could be investigated by SEC, says expert

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Reddit users found what they call a “cheat code” to the trading app Robinhood. According to a thread on r/wallstreetbets, users figured out how to trade stocks with money they didn’t have but the app thought they did. Bloomberg describes the cheat code as “allowing users to trade stocks with excess borrowed funds, giving them [...]

Merrill Lynch, Raymond James pay $12 million to FINRA

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Customers who incurred excess fees on their 529 plans through Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. will receive approximately $12 million in restitution. The move comes after the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced on November 6, 2019, that the firms Merrill Lynch and Raymond [...]

SEC may update advertising rules

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , |

Professionals in the securities industry may get more freedom when it comes to advertising. In early November 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed updating the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to allow investment advisers using endorsements and testimonials for advertisements on social media. Should the proposal be approved, the amendment would be the [...]

SIFMA tests firms to see if they can withstand a cyber attack

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Brokers and firms found out if they were well prepared against a cyber security attack in early November 2019. The Securities and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) tested hundreds of people in the securities industry on November 7, 2019 with its Quantum Dawn V test. The test is a simulated cyberattack and tests how well firms [...]

SEC collects $4.3 billion in fiscal year 2019

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement announced on November 6, 2019 that it ordered more than $4.3 billion in disgorgement and penalties for the 2019 fiscal year. The SEC also reports returning approximately $1.2 billion to harmed investors through enforcement actions. “Across a broad array of cases, the Enforcement staff has continued [...]

Brokers to be tested by FINRA for Regulation Best Interest “preparedness reviews”

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , , , |

Brokers and firms should be familiar with the Regulation Best Interest (RBI) plan, implemented by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Firms have until June 30, 2020 to comply with RBI. Here’s a checklist to make sure your firm is compliant. Brokers who haven’t looked at the checklist may want to take a quick [...]

Lessons from World Investor Week

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

World Investor Week may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the valuable lessons taught during the week are a thing of the past. The week was held September 30 to October 1 as an effort to “raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection,” according to, a division of the [...]

Broker banned by FINRA for reportedly cheating on exams

By | November 4th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , , , |

Brokers-to-be who are looking to break into day trading may want to be a little more inconspicuous if they cheat on tests, or not cheat at all. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority claims Andrew Yoro cheated on the Series 7 examination by “consulting study materials during unscheduled breaks and then changing some of his answers.” [...]

What brokers need to know about Form CRS Relationship Summary

By | November 4th, 2019|Categories: FINRA|Tags: , , , |

By June 30, 2020, brokers and firms will be required to issue a Form CRS Relationship Summary to customers. The Form CRS by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority will require brokers and firms to tell clients how they’re monitoring investments, what services are offered, fees, costs, potential conflicts and other vital information needed to make [...]