Massachusetts Securities Regulator Attempts to Clean Up His State

Posted on June 17th, 2016 at 2:27 PM
Massachusetts Securities Regulator Attempts to Clean Up His State

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

In an effort to better protect investors and the market for securities in Massachusetts, Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin requested information from 241 brokerage firms in order to keep “rogue” brokers out of his state.

Galvin sent letters to the 241 firms in his state in which more than 15% of the current representatives have one or more current disclosure on their record. Galvin pointed out in a new release that, “this exceeds the average percentage found among all Massachusetts-registered broker-dealers.”

The disclosure events that Galvin uses as a metric can involve allegations from disputes headed for arbitration to illegal conduct. The news release did not offer Galvin’s intentions for next steps after reaching out to the 241 firms.

The letters requested from the undisclosed broker-dealers hiring information dating back to the beginning of 2014. His office is focused on the number of representatives who were terminated or placed on heightened supervision during that time.

Galvin asserts that “[his] office diligently works to keep the bad actors out of the Commonwealth … This sweep is intended to establish how the industry is meeting this critical investor protection responsibility of keeping the rogue broker out of the industry.”

The firms must respond to the letters by June 20, 2016. 

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