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FINRA vs Amerivet Attorneys: Mano a Mano

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 30th, 2010 8:29 AM |

Will America ever learn what truly transpired within Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization, FINRA? Will FINRA be allowed to placate its members and America while not addressing the hard questions those constituencies want answered?

FINRA member firms voted overwhelmingly in support of a number of non-binding proxy proposals sponsored by Amerivet Securities. I highlighted the overwhelming vote in my August 14th commentary, FINRA Gets New ‘Sheriffs’; Amerivet Proxy Proposals Approved!! Well, I know that our financial regulatory system is far from democratic but FINRA’s response to the overwhelming votes leads one to believe FINRA looks to redefine the term, “autocratic.” Let’s review the FINRA statement and the counterpunch provided by the attorneys representing Amerivet Securities. (more…)

Is FINRA’s Board Tone Deaf?

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 20th, 2010 3:15 PM |

When might a voting process with overwhelming returns be negated by the wishes and desires of the powers that be? Am I speaking of those who may occupy bully pulpits in third world nations? No, that guess would not be close. 

Am I referring to political leaders who are protected by military and business minions? Nope, still quite cold.

How about a board that is more affiliated with an organization’s executives than with its members? We are getting warmer.

What about financial regulators and a board who have the reputation of being much more closely aligned with major players within the financial industry than their rank and file members and American investors at large? Bingo!!

Let’s get more specific. A week ago, FINRA’s member firms voted overwhelmingly in favor of seven non-binding proxy proposals put forth by Amerivet Securities. In light of the vote and the overwhelming results, one would have thought that FINRA’s board would have absolutely no choice but to fully address these proposals. To do otherwise, one would think that the FINRA board might run the risk of further alienating its membership while sending a message to the American public at large that transparency and disclosures are virtues this financial regulator speaks of but does not truly practice.  (more…)

FINRA Gets New ‘Sheriffs’; Amerivet Proxy Proposals Approved!! Strongly Recommended

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 14th, 2010 12:14 PM |

Monday 8-16-10

I am continuing to keep this commentary as my lead post for three reasons:

1. I believe the potential impact of the developments in this story are enormous on the financial regulatory system in our nation.  
2. This story received very little if any coverage outside of some industry newsletters. 
3. Weekend traffic at blogs is considerably less than during the week.    

I truly hope readers can fully appreciate the magnitude of the developments captured within this story. Sense on Cents’ pursuit of truth, transparency, and integrity took a giant step forward with the results of last week’s FINRA Annual Meeting. Have I piqued your interest?  Read on and spread the word!! LD  

Saturday morning in America!!

On this glorious morning on the east coast, I believe all Americans should be heartened by the results of the annual meeting held by Wall Street’s self-regulator, FINRA, this past Thursday. I remain convinced that FINRA as an organization remains an unknown entity to the overwhelming majority of the American populace. The results from this annual meeting may start to change that unfortunate reality. How so? Let’s navigate.

The Securities Industry Professional Association (The SIPA), long a thorn in FINRA’s side, actually trumped the FINRA release in highlighting the results of elections to the FINRA board of governors. Good for John Busacca and his colleagues at the SIPA in sending a strong message to FINRA that there are ‘new sheriffs in town.’ Yesterday the SIPA released,

SIPA Candidates Sweep FINRA Board Elections! (more…)






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