In an open meeting, the CFTC invited regulators, exchanges, brokers, money managers, dealers, and academics to discuss ways and means to ensure customer collateral protection in the wake of the MF Global collapse.
The Commission and participants discussed proposed regulations, including keeping more client funds at clearing houses, requiring brokers to keep a buffer of excess customer funds on reserve, creating an insurance fund to reimburse clients who lose money in a default, and having broker chiefs sign off on large transfers of money that could potentially belong to clients.
Panel members were at odds over the rules’ efficiency, and failed to agree on deals for broadly popular ideas. For instance, members debated how often brokers should report customer fund investments, to provide transparency. The Futures Industry Association said it would prefer if brokers report investments monthly. CME Group said it was looking at a proposal for daily reports.
Panel members also quibbled over plans to safeguard customer money in over-the-counter swaps trading for futures. According to Reuters, Tom Hammond, president of ICE Clear US, said the commission and the industry would be “hard pressed” to explain why the OTC model for large hedge funds “can’t be applied to farmers, ranchers, and cotton growers in the U.S. if it adds extra protection and it’s cost effective.” Tim Doar, a CME Group Inc managing director, said he was not wholly convinced that the OTC model did protect customers. Others protected additional costs.
October 1-7, 2019 is World Investor Week, a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection. U.S. securities regulators offer these key messages for Main Street investors. […]
Financial fraud routinely follows on the heels of disaster. Hurricanes and their aftermath are no exception. We are issuing this Alert to warn investors that investment scams may come your way touting stocks and other investments with the promise of huge gains in the wake of major hurricanes. […]
FINRA updated and is reissuing our 529 saving savings plan investor alert to highlight Jobs Act changes, and to remind investors to closely consider both their state of residency and the applicable fees—including fees associated with share classes—when making 529 investment decisions. […]
As an investor, you may have read about "Class A," "Class B," Class C", or other classes of mutual fund shares. If you are thinking about choosing one of these classes, it is important for you to understand the differences between them. FINRA regulates broker/dealers and their registered representatives, and we provide investors with information about securities products and services. […]
FINRA and the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy are issuing this Investor Alert to inform investors about social sentiment investing tools and highlight their risks. This Alert provides tips to consider before using tools that analyze or aggregate information from social media sources to make investment decisions or attempt to predict changes in the stock market’s direction or in the price of a security. […]
FINRA is aware of a recent scheme that involved an unregistered individual impersonating a registered investment professional to lure in potential investors. This scammer created a fake version of a public FINRA BrokerCheck® report of a legitimate broker—picking an experienced broker with a spotless regulatory record. […]
Fake checks purported to be issued by FINRA appear to be back in circulation in 2019. The checks are counterfeit. Our updated Alert warns the public about job-search scams in which people who respond to ads or online job postings receive checks that appear to be from legitimate companies—including FINRA. […]
We are reissuing this alert because, as interest rates have increased in recent months, so have calls to FINRA from investors concerned that promotions for higher-than-average CD rates are in fact pitches for high-commission investment products. […]
FINRA is issuing this alert to inform investors that investments in digital assets, such as ICO tokens and cryptocurrencies, can involve significant uncertainty, as well as risks that are different from more conventional assets like stocks or bonds. […]
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