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Metlife Will Pay a “Significant Fine” to FINRA Over Variable Annuity Sales

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

MetLife, Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, has disclosed that FINRA has indicated it will seek a “significant fine” from MetLife as part of FINRA’s investigation of MetLife’s possible violations in the sale of variable annuities […] Read More

EX-Ameriprise Broker Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Stealing from Clients

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Former Ameriprise broker, Susan Elizabeth Walker of Minnesota, has been sentenced to seven years in in prison for stealing $1 million from her clients to pay for personal expenses including vacations and her children’s private school tuition. Walker plead guilty […] Read More

Credit Suisse Brokers Who Do Not Transition to Wells Fargo Will Lose Deferred Compensation

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Credit Suisse, like most brokerage firms, takes a portion of broker compensation and agrees to pay that compensation as “deferred compensation” years down the road. It is a way of enticing brokers to stay, and not leave, the firm. […] Read More

SEC Increases Examinations of RIA Firms

By Erwin J. Shustak, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Monday, November 9, 2015.

An increasing number of FINRA registered brokers, and smaller broker-dealers, have given up their FINRA licenses and moved to the Registered Investment Advisory model […] Read More

House Subcommitte Introduces Bill Designed to Reign in Use of SEC In-House Courts

By Jeffrey T Petersen, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

The chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets, Rep. Scott Garrett, (R., N.J.), introduced a bill last Thursday that would give defendants in SEC administrative proceedings the right […] Read More

Wells Fargo Strikes Deal To Recruit 250 Credit Suisse Advisors

By George C. Miller, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Credit Suisse has announced plans to wind down its U.S. private banking division, which means the bank’s approximately 250 brokers will need to find a new home whether they like it or not. Rather than buying Credit Suisse’s boutique brokerage division outright, Wells Fargo recently announced an agreement with Credit Suisse to “recruit” […] Read More

Investment News Article Indicates Stalling in Women Obtaining Leadership Positions in Financial Services Industry

By Jonah A Toleno, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Investment News released an online article last week indicating that women’s advancements into senior positions at financial advisory firms have stalled. While women comprise approximately half of the total number of employees at a typical advisory firm […] Read More

UBS Pays $19.5 Million to Settle the SEC’s Charges That it Mislead Investors on Derivatives

By Katherine S. DiDonato, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Friday, October 16, 2015.

UBS AG has agreed to a $19.5 million settlement with the SEC over claims the bank misled investors about the risk tied to debt securities […] Read More

SEC Argues That Favorable Ruling for Respondent in the Eleventh Circuit Would Conflict With 7th and D.C. Circuit Precedent

By Jeffrey T. Petersen, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Respondents challenging the constitutionality of SEC administrative proceedings imposing civil penalties on unregulated individuals have had a measure of success so far in the Northern District of Georgia […] Read More

Huge Civil Penalty Imposed on Respondent in SEC In-House Proceeding

By Jeffrey T. Petersen, Esq.  of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Laurie Bebo, the former chief executive of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. was hit with a $4.2 million civil penalty today after the SEC administrative law judge ruled that she had engaged in a fraudulent scheme […] Read More