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AdvisorLaw’s new “Rideshare Program” helps financial advisors expunge customer disputes and U5 termination disclosures

AdvisorLaw is now offering a “Rideshare Program” for financial advisors seeking to expunge customer dispute or U5 termination disclosures for the entire month of December.  With over 40 million visitors to BrokerCheck® every year, you and your teammates can’t afford to lose a client over a meritless disclosure on your record. But we can help to restore your good name. If you …

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FINRA Is Jacking Up The Cost Of Expungement For Brokers

Proposed rule changes in front of the SEC exponentially increase the minimum fees for FINRA disclosure expungement from $50 to $1,575. So, a typical expungement case would ultimately jump from $768 to well over $10,000. As we previously warned, on February 7, 2020, FINRA issued a Rule Filing Status Report (SR-FINRA-2020-005). The 219-page status report provides some insight into the …

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A Stacked Deck: Inside the 2019 FINRA New Customer Dispute Expungement Process

The House always wins. FINRA has filed rule changes to strip financial advisors of a critical right. News that expungement of qualified customer disputes was under fire from the regulators first became known on December 6, 2017; when FINRA published Regulatory Notice 17-42. Since then, the industry has been anxiously waiting for the FINRA Board of Governors to tell the industry precisely …

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Which Firm Handles the Most FINRA Expungement Cases Filed by Financial Advisors?

​We don’t expect you to keep your finger on the pulse of the advisor-defense industry. So let us quickly bring you up to speed on the most crucial element that advisors seek when it comes to FINRA expungement of customer dispute and U5 termination disclosures–RESULTS. AdvisorLaw just surpassed its 1,000th disclosure expunged from FINRA’s BrokerCheck and the CRD. Every single disclosure was …

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What if Compliance Accuses You of a Firm Policy Violation?

On Wednesday, while on vacation, an advisor got a call from his broker-dealer’s compliance department. It was from a young woman who was fairly new to the compliance team. She accused him of altering client-signed documents and cutting and pasting a client signature. In essence, the financial advisor was being accused of fraud.

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FINRA’s Goal: Investor Protection?

When you click on the “About FINRA” hyperlink located at the very top of FINRA’s website, the first sentence you will see is:

“FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of broker-dealers.”

In fact, you will see the words “investor protection” countless times on FINRA’s website and throughout its regulatory notices and guides. The names below are changed but the very true case you are about to read really begs the question of to what, exactly, FINRA is “dedicated.”

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7 Transition Tips for Leaving With a Clean U5

​We’ve all been there: A new and better opportunity presents itself, we’re looking to move up in our careers, or we’re just sick of working for Susan, a hapless manager who is a terrible person on all counts. Regardless of why we pursue newer and better options, it’s essential to act strategically, know your rights, and have a career transition plan in place.

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Auction Rate Securities: The Conservative’s Conservative?

For over 25 years, Auction Rate Securities (ARS) products were considered safe and sound investments. Then, everything changed in 2008 when investment banks stopped purchasing ARS products at the beginning of the Great Recession. The pause in ARS purchases caused an overall market freeze that snowballed into a massive influx of investor complaints against brokers who were making investment recommendations …

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The Other Costs of Having FINRA U4 Disclosures on Your BrokerCheck

Losing potential business due to customer complaints on your BrokerCheck report is bad enough, but it isn’t the only cost of having FINRA U4 disclosures on your CRD.   Today, most clients search online before setting up an initial meeting with a financial advisor. I’ve heard people say, “You don’t go to lunch in a new part of town without …

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Using Your BDA Dollars to Help Solidify Your Brand

Many financial professionals have pre-tax dollars provided by their broker-dealer to help them market and advertise their business.  Unfortunately, with the ubiquity of FINRA’s BrokerCheck and Google, any monies spent on advertising or building referrals can work against an advisor that has negative Customer Dispute or Employment Separation After Allegation disclosures on their record. This year, resolve to use those pre-tax dollars on building …