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FINRA Should Crack Down on Management

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 3rd, 2014 7:53 AM |

The lead article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal is entitled FINRA To Crack Down on Brokers with High Numbers of Complaints. This should be a good thing, right? Yes, it should.

The question still begs, though, why FINRA has been so amenable to expunging such an overwhelming percentage of complaints against brokers. Recall that just a few weeks back, I highlighted the fact that FINRA had expunged 96.9% of complaints lodged against brokers from mid-2009 through the end of 2011.

How might individuals know if a broker soliciting them is unscrupulous if a large number of complaints have been erased? Talk about a massive pardoning and significant do-over! But what is an even bigger problem in the industry than brokers with questionable business ethics?
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Forbes’ Emily Lambert Slams FINRA

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 21st, 2011 7:00 AM |

“Justice is truth in action.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Regular readers are very aware of my strong concerns about the lack of transparency emanating from Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Having first written about FINRA in January 2009, I have highlighted my concerns extensively over the better part of the last three years. (To reference my writing, go here, Sense on Cents/FINRA).

For a period of time, I thought I was shouting into the darkness regarding FINRA. I still maintain that FINRA specifically and Wall Street regulation as a whole remain great unknowns to an overwhelming percentage of our population including those involved in the markets. To this end, I am heartened when broadly distributed public periodicals address concerns I have held about FINRA for the last few years.

The widely respected financial magazine Forbes weighs in on FINRA just yesterday.  (more…)

Can Congress Read? Does It Open Mail Re: FINRA?

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 29th, 2011 1:59 PM |

Do those in Congress know how to read? Do they open their mail?

News is leaking that Congress may be inclined to have Wall Street’s self-regulator, FINRA, gain oversight of the investment advisory industry. That industry is currently regulated by the SEC and operates under a fiduciary standard.

The industry is fighting tooth and nail NOT to be regulated by FINRA which regulates broker-dealers under the less stringent suitability standard.

While the investment advisory industry and FINRA are duking it out, let’s return to my initial questions. Do those in Congress know how to read? Do they open their mail? Why do I ask?  (more…)






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