New Hire Roundup: Merrill Adds Teams From Barclays, Morgan Stanley
Meanwhile, global independent fund administrator Trident Fund Services appointed Thalius Hecksher to the newly created position of global director.
SEC Pay-to-Play July 31 Effective Date a ‘Nonevent’: IAA Chief
The SEC won’t enforce ban on advisors’ use of third parties to solicit business from government entities until FINRA and the MSRB issue final rules.
FINRA OKs Changes to Communications Rules, Seeks Public Comment
FINRA will also file with the SEC to charge a $115 fee for the MSRB's new muni advisor qualification exam.
FINRA, MSRB Plan to Require More Fixed-Income Pricing Disclosure
The new rules would help retail investors evaluate transaction costs, the MSRB said.
SEC to Hold Muni Advisor Compliance Summit
The SEC, FINRA and MSRB will hold inaugural Compliance Outreach Program for Municipal Advisors in Chicago on Nov. 3.
SEC Begins Exams of Municipal Advisors; Focus on "Identified Risks"
Over the next two years, OCIE plans to examine a “significant percentage" of muni advisors, "establishing a presence" and focusing on risk.
New Hire Roundup: Convergent Wealth Advisors Welcomes Curran
Also, SEC named two to its Office of Municipal Securities, and Pensionmark Retirement Group welcomed Erik Swenson's firm as a partner.
FINRA Examining Trading in New Puerto Rico Bonds
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said it’s examining trading in the $3.5 billion of general-obligation bonds that Puerto Rico sold this month.
FINRA’s Hot-Button Exam Issues for 2014
In its annual list of hot exam items, FINRA warned broker-dealers that it would be zeroing in on a host of areas this year.
SEC Issues Guide on Muni Advisor Registration, Extends Compliance Deadline
Among other matters, the guidance clarifies that advisors using swaps or security-based swaps in municipal entity portfolios do not have to register as municipal advisors.