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Tag Archives: BrokerCheck

FINRA’s Board Continues To Bend In the Wind Of Criticisim

Posted in Arbitration, Board of Governors, Enforcement, FINRA, PIABA, Registered Representative, Rogue rep, Rule 2010, Sanctions
On Wednesday, the FINRA Board met and discussed two topics that I recently blogged about: recidivist brokers and unpaid arbitration awards.  In predictable fashion, FINRA withered in the face of criticism that its existing rules and policies are somehow not tough enough on its member firms, and embarked on a proposed series of steps that,… Continue Reading

A Settlement Agreement With FINRA (Or So You Thought)

Posted in Disciplinary Process, Enforcement, FINRA, Settlements
In OHO Order 16-26, a Hearing Officer confirmed what those uninitiated to FINRA’s disciplinary process likely would not even suspect: an agreement to settle a FINRA regulatory matter on terms proposed by FINRA’s Department of Enforcement is not necessarily an enforceable agreement. In this case, the respondent argued that FINRA should be estopped from seeking… Continue Reading

Correlation DOES NOT Equal Causation: PIABA’s Ongoing Quest to Sully the Reputation of Financial Advisors

Posted in Arbitration, Expungement
Today, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) published another hit piece on the expungement process.   For those of you interested, you can find it HERE.   Again and again, PIABA issues press releases and reports contending that the expungement process is broken because expungement is granted at an “alarmingly high rate.”  Let’s start with the… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: That’s Right. The Hits Keep Coming for Registered Individuals

Posted in Arbitration, BrokerCheck, FINRA, Form U-4, Registered Representative
A couple of events caught my attention this week and, since they are related, I thought I’d address them together. On Monday, the SEC announced a proposed rule change to FINRA Rule 8312, the FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule. Rule 8312 permits FINRA to disclose certain information on BrokerCheck about registered individuals. As many of you… Continue Reading

U-4 Omissions and Statutory Disqualification: Much Ado About Nothing

Posted in BrokerCheck, FINRA, Form U-4, Statutory Disqualification
I have discussed in prior blogs some issues with the process of registering individuals, and ensuring that information on U-4 is complete and accurate. To some degree, the debate is a bit silly, if the question is whether there is enough information provided on BrokerCheck. There is a real problem, however, one that is much… Continue Reading

Problems with Registration of Registered Reps, Part 1: Does Anyone Actually use BrokerCheck?

Posted in BrokerCheck, FINRA, Form U-4
I read with great interest the recent flurry of articles in the financial news, including one appearing on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, about the supposed flaws with FINRA’s BrokerCheck due to the fact that it omits from public view some items, e.g., certain misdemeanor convictions and financial issues (unsatisfied liens or… Continue Reading
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