Given all of the shit that Mike Corbat’s had to deal with this year from all corners—Mexico, Argentina, subprime lending, Jed Rakoff, paying lawyers—he really doesn’t need to be cutting $3 million checks because someone forgot to throw a few hundred thousand prospectus in the mail. Read more »
Unfortunately for the brokerage, regulators like the SEC and FINRA keep dredging up the distant past of two years ago, when the firm was perhaps a little more lax vis-à-vis market access. But that’s ancient history, history which, Wedbush would like to add, does not include any losses to anyone at any time, and for which it should really just get a pass. Read more »
Brokers aren’t supposed to be the Wall Street equivalent of a sleazy bouncer, taking a few bucks to grant entrée and then turning a blind eye to all of the drugs, guns and potentially illegal trading and whatnot. At least, FINRA and the SEC don’t think it’s supposed to be that way. Read more »
FINRA has had an awful lot dumped onto its plate in recent months. Since, as it turns out, its members aren’t the best at reporting little things like criminal convictions, personal bankruptcies, tax liens, etc., to the self-regulator, it’s had to order member firms to do some background checks themselves, rather than just take the word of the new guy who’s joining his 34th brokerage in eight years. Worse still, it’s had to tell those member firms to give it all of the information, which it had promised to go through with a fine toothed-comb and check against court records to minimize the number of paroled felons doling out financial advice under its august banner.
Well, if the highly-compensated folks at FINRA thought they might be able to deal with the ensuing backlog with their old delete-red-flags-from-BrokerCheck strategy, it is sorely mistaken. Read more »
Having to disclose a signing bonus—among other delicate compensation details—might just make a broker turn it down and stay put, and we can’t have that, since, as The Wall Street Journal’s analysis of the information FINRA isn’t analyzing shows, jumping from firm to firm every time you get caught doing something wrong is what makes the brokering world go round. Read more »