SEC Tightens Rules on Credit Rating Agencies, Asset-Backed Securities
“ABS issuers and rating agencies will be held accountable under significant new rules governing their activities," said SEC's White.
Treasury’s Crime Unit Floats New Customer ID Rules for BDs, Mutual Funds
Meanwhile, FinCEN continues to work with the SEC on anti-money laundering rules for advisors.
Motif Investing Targets Corporate Inversions
The recently launched Tax Inversion Targets motif is a 25-stock tradable index of potential tax-inversion targets domiciled in tax havens.
Andy Friedman: 4 Reasons to Use a Trust to Preserve Assets
Families far below the estate tax threshold are catching on to the benefits of trusts, political analyst and tax expert Andy Friedman says.
FINRA Fines on Pace to Approach Financial Crisis Levels, Led by ‘Supersized’ Fines
Fines imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2014 are poised to far outpace those reported by the regulator in 2013, according to an analysis released Aug. 1 by the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
What's Next for the Fiduciary Standard?
While the industry awaits a decision by the SEC on whether it will move forward with a uniform fiduciary rule for brokers and advisors, fiduciary advocates will engage this month in a debate about the importance of the two fiduciary rulemakings being considered by the SEC and the DOL.
SEC User Fees the Answer to Exam Budget Crunch: Investor Advocate
SEC investor advocate Rick Fleming called on Congress to pass a user fees bill, saying investors faced “substantial risk” from unexamined advisors.
BofA to Pay $16.65 Billion in Historic Mortgage Settlement
The deal includes $9.65 billion paid to various government agencies, including Justice and the SEC, and $7 billion for struggling homeowners.
Financial Engines Lawsuit Could Spark Other Robo-Advisor Suits
Financial institutions that offer computer-based advice, or are considering it, should pay close attention to the Financial Engines case.
DOL Seeks Feedback on Brokerage Windows in 401(k)s
The range of investments available in the "window" and how much disclosure workers get about them are some of the questions DOL wants answered.