SEC Adopts Reg BI

The SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Additional Rules and Interpretations that Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals Regulation Best Interest On June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted a new rule, referred to as Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”), that establishes an express best interest obligation applicable to broker-dealers (“BDs”) when… READ MORE

Need an Expert Witness? Here’s What to Look For

Selecting the right expert witness can affect the duration and outcome of your case.  In addition to providing testimony, expert witnesses can help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case before it ever goes to trial, review deposition testimony of fact witnesses, account statements, client agreements and procedures, and provide rebuttal reports. Attributes… READ MORE

Passage of the Senior Safe Act Will Provide Protection for Senior Investors

The Senior Safe Act (SSA) has been signed into law to provide protection for senior citizens from financial exploitation.  The SSA is designed to enable investment professionals and others to work more effectively with law enforcement officials by protecting them from liability when suspected financial exploitation is reported under the circumstances described below. The SSA… READ MORE

SEC Fiduciary Standards Update

The SEC Proposes Rules and Interpretations to Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) has been considering issues relating to retail investor relationships with investment professionals for several years.  A study was undertaken following passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, resulting in certain recommendations in a 2011 report.  However,… READ MORE

State Enforcement Action Has Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule Implications

On February 15, 2018, the Massachusetts Securities Division filed an administrative complaint against a brokerage firm based on policies and procedures that were adopted in light of Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule requirements.  In its Complaint, the Division alleged that certain sales contests held in 2017 violated those policies and procedures and constituted unethical… READ MORE

DOL Extends Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an 18-month extension of its Fiduciary Rule transition period (Transition Period).  The primary purpose of the extension was to give the DOL additional time to consider public comments under criteria set forth in the Presidential Memorandum issued on February 3, 2017. In light of… READ MORE