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- Whistleblowers A whistleblower is any individual providing the SEC with original information related to a possible violation of federal securities law. The Dodd-Frank Act established a whistleblower program that enables the SEC to reward individuals who voluntarily provide such information.
- Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices. Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
The Coalition for Indexed Products filed suit on January 16 in a Federal appeals court against the Securities and Exchange Commission over its December 17 decision to regulate equity indexed annuities as securities rather than insurance products. The coalition, a group of eight major insurance companies that issue fixed index annuities, including Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, charges in the suit that the SEC overstepped its authority in its ruling. That was the expressed position of SEC Commissioner Troy Parades when he cast the lone dissenting vote on December 17.
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