Don’t Get Smoked by Marijuana-Related Investments, SEC Warns
The SEC halts trading of yet another purported pot-related firm and warns investors that newly liberalized marijuana laws beckon fraudsters.
Private Fund Advisors Often Cited for Violations Over Fees, Expenses: SEC
Private equity firms are cited for deficiencies involving fees and expenses more than half the time the SEC looks at that area, OCIE’s Bowden says.
RIAs: When and Why to Make Form ADV Updates
The triggers for other-than-annual amendments to your Form ADVs are many and varied. Best to follow Confucius' advice on the subject.
Barney Frank Introduces Bill to Merge SEC and CFTC
Frank, who introduced the legislation with Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., said that "now that the basic policies have been adopted to cover security and derivatives regulation, we can focus on the structural issue” of merging the two agencies.
Obama Names SEC’s Walter as Schapiro’s Replacement
While Elisse Walter, an SEC commissioner, was selected by President Obama to succeed Schapiro, industry officials speculated that Walter will serve as an acting chairman until the president selects a permanent chairman at a later date.
J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse to Pay Combined $400 Million Settlement for RMBS Violations
The SEC alleges that J.P. Morgan misstated information about the delinquency status of mortgage loans that provided collateral for an RMBS offering in which it was the underwriter, while Credit Suisse similarly failed to accurately disclose its practice of retaining cash for itself from the settlement of claims against mortgage...
BP to Pay $4.5 Billion in Gulf Spill; SEC Levies Huge Penalty
British oil company BP agreed Thursday to pay $4.5 billion to the U.S. in fines and other charges, including $525 million to the SEC–the third largest penalty ever assessed by the SEC–over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
SEC Socks MassMutual With $1.6 Million VA Penalty
The SEC on Thursday charged Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. with securities law violations for failing to sufficiently disclose the potential negative impact of a “cap” it placed on a complex investment product that investors were planning to use for retirement.
SEC, DOJ Release Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guide
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice released Wednesday A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 120-page guide providing a detailed analysis of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and closely examines the SEC and DOJ approach to FCPA enforcement.
Bruce Bent Cleared in SEC Fraud Charges
Bruce Bent, founder of the first money market fund, was cleared of fraud charges Monday after the SEC alleged that he deceived investors leading up to the Primary Reserve Fund “breaking the buck.”