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FINRA’s TRACE System Promotes Bond Market Transparency

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) maintains the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) vehicle to facilitate the mandatory reporting of bond sales in the United States. This includes all bonds interfacing with transactions in the over-the-counter secondary market in eligible fixed income securities. All broker/dealers who are FINRA member firms are required to report […]

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SEC Updates Investment Advisor Public Disclosure Website

The Securities and Exchange decision has updated its Investment Advisor Public Disclosure webpage, affording investors easy access to the disciplinary histories of registered investment advisors and individual investment advisor representatives. The various categories of disclosures contained on the reporting form (“Form ADV”) also includes states of registration, disciplinary events, biographical background and conduct, current registrations […]

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FINRA Resource for Brokers With Form U4 and U5 Questions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) maintains a comprehensive archive of frequently asked questions regarding a registered person’s reporting obligations with respect to mandated Forms U4 and U5. Many brokers have been wrongfully burdened with intentional, improper and even fraudulent reporting amendments to the Central Register Depository (CRD), with bogus claims and allegations of wrongdoing. […]

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Timothy J. O’Connor Featured on Benchmark

On February 16, 2016 Timothy J. O’Connor was featured on Benchmark Television in an interview on the topic of Financial Fraud having been interviewed by Colonie Town Judge Peter Crummey. In the interview Mr. O’Connor answered a number of questions from Judge Crummey relating to the arbitration of securities disputes before the FINRA (Financial Industry […]

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Key Discovery Rule Decision in Aronstein v. Massachusetts

Key Discovery Rule Decision in Aronstein v. Massachusetts Mutual In a Decision handed down on April 22, 2016, the Honorable Mark G. Mastroianni, United States District Judge, for the District of Massachusetts, upheld the right of an investor, in a class action lawsuit against Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, to proceed with his underlying claims […]

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