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Cloud Strategy Enables Seamless Processing and Robust Market Surveillance
New FINRA360 Initiative Improves Data Quality for Regulators and Investors, and Lowers Firm Compliance Risks and Costs
Nagengast Elected to Fill One of Three Large-Firm Seats on FINRA Board
WASHINGTON – FINRA announced the results of voting by its large firm members that took place at its Special Meeting on June 28 to elect one Large-Firm Governor to the FINRA Board of Governors. Jim Nagengast, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Securities America Financial Corporation Inc. and President of Securities America Inc., was elected as a Large-Firm Governor.
WASHINGTON — FINRA announced today that a FINRA hearing panel permanently barred broker Bruce Martin Zipper of Miami, FL, for continuing to conduct firm business while serving a three-month suspension. The hearing panel also expelled his firm, Dakota Securities, from FINRA membership for not adequately supervising Zipper, allowing him to associate while suspended (and later while statutorily disqualified) and for falsifying books and records.
New Technology Will Lead to Enhanced Efficiencies and Reduced Compliance Costs for Firms
WASHINGTON – The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) Board of Directors approved initiatives at its June meeting to expand personal finance programs and services for adults and children, and particularly those in underserved communities.
Awards Recognize Research by Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Economics, Psychology, Consumer Sciences and Social Work
WASHINGTON – The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) today announced the recipients of two higher-education awards created to recognize outstanding analysis by researchers-in-training using data from the FINRA Foundation’s National Financial Capability Study (NFCS).
Board Approves Rule Proposals and Previews Annual Financial Report
WASHINGTON – FINRA’s Board of Governors held its second meeting of 2018 on May 9-10 in New York, where it approved two new rule proposals and previewed a draft of the organization’s Annual Financial Report, which FINRA issues each year to provide transparency into its finances. The 2017 report will be published in June.
WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has fined Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services LLC (ICBCFS) $5.3 million for systemic anti-money laundering (AML) compliance failures, including its failure to have a reasonable AML program in place to monitor and detect suspicious transactions, as well as other violations, including financial, recordkeeping, and operational violations.
WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today it has fined Fifth Third Securities, Inc., $4 million and required the firm to pay approximately $2 million in restitution to customers for failing to appropriately consider and accurately describe the costs and benefits of variable annuity (VA) exchanges, and for recommending exchanges without a reasonable basis to believe the exchanges were suitable. This is the second significant FINRA enforcement action against Fifth Third involving the firm’s sale of variable annuities.