On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released updated guidance to help clarify questions that have surfaced regarding information on firm and employee disciplinary history that must be disclosed on the client relationship summary (Form CRS).
To help strengthen the state’s consumer protection laws and oversight of the financial industry, California has passed legislation that has changed the name of the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) and … Read More
Not long ago, the ability to invest in private offerings in the U.S. was limited to those whose annualized income and net worth afforded a country-club lifestyle. The requirements were an average income of $200,000 for the last two years … Read More
On August 10, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Interactive Brokers, LLC (“IB” or the “Firm”) had agreed to pay $11.5 million in fines for failure to file Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) in conjunction with trading micro-cap … Read More
On July 31, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced it was charging Connecticut-based investment adviser, Birinyi Associates, Inc. (“BA” or the “Firm”), with violations of Sections 206(2) and 206(4) and Rule 206(4)-7 thereunder (“the Compliance Rule”) of the … Read More
On July 28, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced it was charging Houston-based financial services firm, Valic Financial Advisors, Inc. (“VFA” or the “Firm”), a dually-registered broker-dealer and investment adviser, in two separate actions for violations of Section … Read More