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FINRA CEO Cook Grilled by Congress on FINRA’s Financial Conduct

FINRA CEO Cook Grilled by Congress on FINRA’s Financial Conduct

During a recent Financial Services Subcommittee oversight hearing, both Democrat and Republican lawmakers raised concerns before FINRA CEO Robert Cook. Some of the issues discussed were the Regulatory Authority’s standing as a private entity and its handling of fine proceeds, which hit a...






FINRA Investigation Defenses, Process & Rule 8210 Realities

FINRA Investigation Defenses, Process & Rule 8210 Realities

With the increase in FINRA enforcement activity in the last year, we hear daily from concerned RAs and other financial industry professionals – this post is intended to decode the basics of the process and offer some cautions to avoid pitfalls awaiting the unwary.
1. How can you become...

LPL’s Bonds Learns 3240 No Borrowing From Customers Lesson

LPL’s Bonds Learns 3240 No Borrowing From Customers Lesson

FINRA’s Department of Enforcement recently made public a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) by which former LPL broker Mark Tyler Bonds agreed to a one month suspension and a $5,000 fine to resolve allegations that he borrowed money from a customer of his firm, in violation of...

FINRA Settles Complaint Over Undisclosed Tax Liens Over $1 MIllion

FINRA Settles Complaint Over Undisclosed Tax Liens Over $1 MIllion

Kevin Richard Graetz, a former broker from New York, recently settled a FINRA complaint relating to his alleged failure to report $1 Million in tax liens over the course of seven years.
FINRA requires registered personnel to disclose tax liens and any other unsatisfied judgments in their Form...


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