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Wedbush Securities, Inc. and Founder Edward Wedbush Consent to Censure and $900,000 Fine by NYSE

NYSE Regulation filed a Statement of Charges on behalf of NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca” or “Exchange”) naming Edward W. Wedbush and Wedbush Securities, Inc. as Respondents. In order to resolve the matter, the Exchange entered into an Offer of Settlement and Consent with each Respondent. By stipulation of the parties, the Statement of Charges […]

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SEC Compliance Exam and Inspection Priorities for 2019

On December 20, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2019 examination priorities. OCIE publishes its exam priorities annually to promote transparency of its examination program and provide insights into the areas it believes present potentially heightened risk to investors or the integrity of the U.S. capital markets. […]

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FINRA Elevates Focus on the Failure to Conduct Proper Due Diligence on Private Placements

On December 7, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a comprehensive report (“Report on FINRA Examination Findings”) which “focuses on selected observations from recent examinations that FINRA considers worth highlighting because of their potential significance, frequency, and impact on investors and the markets.” Among the issues discussed in this report were significant concerns […]

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BBB Corporate Bonds – How Many Are Close to Default?

In 2008, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve began its “quantitative easing” program, a determined effort to lift the economy by lowering the cost of borrowing. It bought up trillions of dollars in Treasury and other debt securities, effectively reducing long-term interest rates. Debt issuance exploded. In the last decade, the amount of corporate […]

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S&P 500 Drops To New 2018 Low, DJIA Closes Down 500 Points

Stocks tanked on Monday, pushing the S&P 500 to a new low for the year amid growing concerns that the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates could be too much for the economy and stock market to handle. The Dow and S&P 500, which are both in corrections, are on track for their worst […]

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