Tagged with "SEC"

SEC Alleges Fraud Against Morgan Stanley and Former Executive in Block Trading Business

Posted on February 21st, 2024 at 2:59 PM
SEC Alleges Fraud Against Morgan Stanley and Former Executive in Block Trading Business

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and its former head of equity syndicate desk, Pawan Passi, with a multi-year fraud involving the disclosure of confidential information related to block trades.

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SEC Raises Concerns Over Arbitration Clauses in Investment Advisory Agreements

Posted on January 31st, 2024 at 1:17 PM
SEC Raises Concerns Over Arbitration Clauses in Investment Advisory Agreements

A cautionary note has been sounded by an investor advocacy group operating within the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), signaling potential fiduciary duty violations by registered investment advisers employing contract clauses to steer client disputes into arbitration.

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SEC Charges Investment Advisor Justin Murphy for $3.4 Million Investor Funds Misappropriation

Posted on January 25th, 2024 at 10:37 AM
SEC Charges Investment Advisor Justin Murphy for $3.4 Million Investor Funds Misappropriation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Justin Murphy and his investment management firm, Mara Investments, LLC, for fraudulent misappropriation of approximately $3.4 million of investor assets.

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SEC Greenlights Spot Bitcoin ETFs

Posted on January 22nd, 2024 at 11:57 AM
SEC Greenlights Spot Bitcoin ETFs

In a groundbreaking move, U.S. regulators have approved the first exchange-traded funds (ETFs) directly investing in Bitcoin.

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Salt Lake City Wells Fargo Advisor Accepts FINRA Bar Following SEC Settlement

Posted on January 19th, 2024 at 1:30 PM
Salt Lake City Wells Fargo Advisor Accepts FINRA Bar Following SEC Settlement

Louis P. Goff, a former Wells Fargo Advisors broker in Salt Lake City, Utah, has agreed to a bar from the brokerage industry imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

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SEC Awards Over $28 Million to Whistleblowers

Posted on January 12th, 2024 at 1:21 PM
SEC Awards Over $28 Million to Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has granted awards totaling more than $28 million to seven individuals who played a pivotal role in a successful SEC enforcement action.

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SEC Secures Receiver for GPB Capital Holdings Following Alleged Deceptive Practices

Posted on January 10th, 2024 at 2:20 PM
SEC Secures Receiver for GPB Capital Holdings Following Alleged Deceptive Practices

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York approved the SEC's request to transition the ongoing monitorship over GPB Capital Holdings, LLC and its affiliates into a receivership.

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SEC Approves Eased Oversight Guidelines for Remote Advisors

Posted on January 5th, 2024 at 1:34 PM
SEC Approves Eased Oversight Guidelines for Remote Advisors

Advisors opting for home offices received a nod from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as it greenlit rules permitting remote inspections of advisors' offices.

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SEC Imposes Fines on Advisors for Regulation best Interest (Reg BI) Violations

Posted on January 3rd, 2024 at 11:52 AM
SEC Imposes Fines on Advisors for Regulation best Interest (Reg BI) Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sanctioned two Laidlaw advisors, Richard Michalski and Michael Murray, for violating Regulation Best Interest's care obligation by making recommendations to four retail customers without a reasonable basis.

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SEC Unmasks Connecticut-Based Adviser's $5.9 Million Fraud Scheme

Posted on January 2nd, 2024 at 11:45 AM
SEC Unmasks Connecticut-Based Adviser's $5.9 Million Fraud Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has unveiled a case of alleged fraud involving Connecticut-based unregistered investment adviser John A. Masanotti, Jr., and his company, Middlesex Mortgage Group LLC.

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SEC Alleges Fraud Against Morgan Stanley and Former Executive in Block Trading Business

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and its former head of equity syndicate desk, Pawan Passi, with a multi-year fraud involving the disclosure of confidential information related to block trades.

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