Sen. Franken Urges SEC to Ban ‘Unfair’ Arbitration Agreements
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White in a Tuesday letter to act now to prevent Wall Street brokerage firms from forcing investors into “unfair” arbitration agreements.
SEC Comings and Goings: Canellos, Ceresney Named Co-Heads of Enforcement
SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White has named her former colleague Andrew Ceresney and acting enforcement director George Canellos co-directors of the enforcement division.
SEC’s Aguilar: Predispute Mandatory Arbitration Denies Investors’ Rights
“A client’s right to go to court to recover monetary damages is an important right that should be preserved and kept in the client’s toolkit,” SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar told state securities regulators Tuesday.
White Sworn In as SEC Chief; Walter, Paredes Likely Leaving SEC Soon
Interim Chairwoman Elisse Walter will remain at the agency as a commissioner, but it doesn't look like she'll be there for long, David Tittsworth of IAA said.
Fidelity to SEC: Money Funds Don’t Need Further Reform
Fidelity Investments told the SEC on Friday that it believes the 2010 reforms made to money-market funds were “sufficient” and that any further reform proposals should be “be based on data and facts that are accurate and complete.”
SEC Will Pursue Fiduciary Rule in 2013
The agency’s just-released 2012 Financial Report states that it will move forward with its uniform fiduciary standard rule as well as “continue to assess” ways to better harmonize advisor and BD rules.
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.
SEC’s Schapiro to Step Down in December
After months of speculation that she would depart, Schapiro made it official Monday morning that she would depart the agency on Dec. 14; with a frontrunner emerging from Treasury Department.
In Money Market Fund Reform, FSOC Must Act Carefully: Dechert
Treasury Secretary Geithner's proposal seeks to have the FSOC make recommendations for fund reform before it has established a fair process, Dechert says.
SEC Beefs Up Enforcement With New Tools
The SEC is stepping up surveillance of insider trading with its new Automated Bluesheet Analysis Project, and is catching more hedge fund advisor fraud with its aberrational performance inquiry team.