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Concerns over Facebook IPO

Before Facebook was allowed to sell its shares on the public market, federal regulators had a few questions about the social media company’s advertising opportunities, a strategic business partnership, and how it shared users’ data, according to correspondence made public today. After Facebook filed its initial registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, agency […]

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Atlanta area advisor and owner charged by SEC

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Benjamin Daniel DeHaan and Lighthouse Financial Partners, LLC. Lighthouse, an investment advisor located in Atlanta and registered with the State of Georgia, has been owned and operated by […]

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SEC can do better with FINRA oversight

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission can do a better job of overseeing the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a government report found. While the SEC routinely inspects many regulatory programs run by Wall Street’s industry-funded regulator FINRA, it doesn’t review whether FINRA’s rules for the securities industry are effective, according to a Government Accountability Office […]

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Additional charges filed in $90 million Ponzi scheme case

On May 31, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended its complaint against New York investment adviser, Brian Raymond Callahan, and Callahan’s investment advisory firms, Horizon Global Advisors Ltd., and Horizon Global Advisors, LLC, in the SEC’s emergency action filed on March 5, 2012 that halted an ongoing $90 million Ponzi scheme. The SEC’s amended […]

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FINRA publishes additional guidance on suitability rule

In November 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved FINRA’s new suitability rule, FINRA Rule 2111. FINRA then issued Regulatory Notice 11-02, which announced the SEC’s approval of the new rule and discussed its requirements. FINRA also issued Regulatory Notice 11-25, which offered further guidance on the rule and announced a new implementation date […]

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