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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…)

What Will We Learn from FINRA’s Annual Meeting on 8-12-10?

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 11th, 2010 12:20 PM |

Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization, FINRA, holds its annual meeting tomorrow inWashington D.C.. What will we learn? Will FINRA’s member firms vote for a number of non-binding proposals which would shine real light on the inner workings of this organization? America deserves to learn so much more than has ever been revealed about FINRA.

I have shared with many people that I believe the underlying tone of our markets would improve if FINRA were compelled to open its books and records. Why do I so strongly believe that? True transparency inherently breeds investor confidence. I made this very point to Joe Giannone of Reuters just the other day. Regular readers of Sense on Cents are fully aware of my feelings. Joe highlights the topics surrounding FINRA for a wider audience as he writes, FINRA Faces Calls to Lift Veil on Finances, Pay:

Wall Street regulator FINRA, which demands disclosure and openness from brokers, is under pressure to lift the veil on its own affairs.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a private corporation that regulates the nation’s 4,700 brokerages, will learns at its annual meeting on Thursday how many support a dissident’s call for more transparency. (more…)

FINRA Transparent? Why Would They Want To Do That?

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 19th, 2010 4:36 PM |

A month ago I highlighted a list of proposals presented to FINRA which would generate a significant level of transparency into Wall Street’s self-regulator. Given everything we have gone through over the last few years, who in America would not now want greater transparency from Wall Street’s self-regulator? I wrote FINRA Owes America Answers on These Proposals:

FINRA can talk about transparency and integrity all it wants. We all know talk is cheap. FINRA’s board and executives need to show America how they truly define and embrace transparency and integrity. How so? (more…)






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