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Fiduciary Duty Reform Proposal May Backtrack on Previous Rhetoric

There is speculation this week that Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), will introduce new financial reform legislation that fails to create single fiduciary duty for Registered Independent Advisors (RIAs) and Broker-Dealers. This represents an expected 180˚on the subject of fiduciary duty reform in light of intense lobbying efforts by the financial industry. The provision, rather than […]

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Madoff Executive is Charged in Ponzi Scheme

The long-time director of operations for convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff’s defunct firm was arrested and charged criminally Thursday with allegedly directing that false accounting entries be made in the firm’s books to conceal Mr. Madoff’s fraud. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan charged Daniel Bonventre, former operations director at Bernard L. Madoff […]

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Charges Settled for Former UBS Broker who Sold Auction-Rate Securities

David Shulman, the former UBS executive who was suspended by UBS in July 2008, has agreed to pay a $2.75 million fine over insider trading charges connected to auction-rate securities sales and be suspended from employment by a broker or dealer until next January. “While thousands of UBS customers received no warning about the auction-rate […]

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Collapsing Hedge Funds Halt Investor Redemptions

The hedge-fund community is in crisis mode after crashing and burning in the aftermath of the global credit crisis. 1861 Capital Management, ASTA/MAT, Tontine Partners LP, and The Ospraie Fund, are just a few of the hedge funds who have suffered a fate tied to investor redemptions and illiquid assets, which ultimately has left thousands […]

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State Regulators vs. The Securities and Exchange Commission – Who Best Regulates Your Assets?

There is an ongoing debate regarding the role of state regulators in financial product oversight as Congress mulls over a proposal to expand the range of state oversight. Currently, financial advisors with under $25 million in assets are regulated by state regulators, with anything over that amount being regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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