Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW

December 30, 2017

And as the year comes to an end, it's time for all of you to learn to dance!
Together !! Let's go!!!
Did you ever see a more splendiferous crash?

FINRA Arbitrator Recommends Expungement Of Three Customer Complaints ( Blog) A sole FINRA Arbitrator tackles a thorny arbitration in which a registered person seeks the expungement of not one but three customer complaints. The resulting FINRA Arbitration Decision ends the year on a high note as it is well written, concise, and persuasive.

FINRA Wrestles With No Debt False Statement Versus Untrue On ( Blog) Wall Street's communications with the public have come under scrutiny in recent years and with good cause. You look back to the lead-up to the Great Recession and there were a lot of lies being told to unwary investors. Now, whether those investors should have been unwary is another question for another day but, for now, let's just say that there were a lot of folks pushing a lot of toxic crap on folks who were seen as easy prey. Not a pretty picture. All of which explains why there is an enhanced focus on how investment products are marketed online, on air, and during seminars -- not that it's a particularly effective line of defense but, you know, the Maginot Line looked like it would work, right? In a recent FINRA regulatory settlement, we see the best and worst of Wall Street regulation. On sound ground is the self-regulator's unhappiness with one guy's use of his personal email to engage in business communications. On less sound ground is the self-regulator's unhappiness with that same guy's statement to a client about whether an issuer had or didn't have any debt.

FINRA Expungement Arbitration Shows Failed System ( Blog) The Blog's publisher Bill Singer, Esq. takes this last opportunity in the waning days of 2017 to rage against the machine and call for the reform of FINRA's failed expungement system. As Singer notes, the present appellate process by which Wall Street's men and women seek to clear their names is a bastard child no one claims as their own. Public advocates are correct that Wall Street's bygone practice of buying and selling indulgences was a disgrace that needed to be stopped. Similarly, the industry had ample warning of the need to tend to its own mess but chose to do nothing. Consequently, the present expungement process is an angry reaction to a persistent failure to reform. Unfortunately, the ensuing rush to judgment yielded what such angry efforts will: a lack of balance and fairness. For those industry men and women whose good name is besmirched by the mistaken complaint or the erroneous allegation -- no matter how few in number those innocent victims may be -- the relief is little more than a rigid system that takes too long, costs too much, and, in the end, sends the victor on an even more time-consuming and expensive route to the courts. 

The Dead Father, Feuding Kids, Stockbroker In The Middle, And The Lawsuit ( Blog)
As the warm, rosy hue of the holidays is fading, we are once again reminded of family. Ah yes, family! The aunts and uncles who don't talk to each other because of something that happened ten years ago but no one quite remembers exactly what. The cousins who you can't sit next to each other at the dinner table. The feuding siblings who manage to ruin every family get-together. The awkward silences brought on by the divorced folks who politely smile at each other through the entire meal for the sake of the kids but still get in a few shots. In today's Blog we consider yet another family affair involving estranged kids and their father . . . their wealthy father . . . and a poor stockbroker who got caught in the middle. It ends for the stockbroker but not without lots of festive nastiness for the holidays. In the holiday spirit, enjoy the three music videos.