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    LEGISLATIVE ALERT – SIPC LEGISLATION REINTRODUCED TO HELP MADOFF, STANFORD, AND MCGINN SMITH INVESTORS

    HR 1982 – RESTORING INVESTOR PROTECTION & CONFIDENCE ACT OF 2015
    INTRODUCED BY CONG GARRETT & MALONEY WITH OVER 40 ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS

    After months of anticipation, Capital Markets Subcommittee Chairman Garrett and Congresswoman Maloney announced the reintroduction of the long-awaited SIPC legislation that promises SIPC protection for all investor customers of broker-dealers, and relief for thousands of innocent Madoff and Stanford victims. The legislation is precisely the same as what was introduced in the 113th Congress, and retains the original name: The Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act

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    Finra brands DOL fiduciary rule misguided, confusing

    A Labor Department proposal designed to reduce conflicts of interest for brokers working with retirement accounts would create overlapping regulations that would baffle financial advisers and investors, Finra said Friday. The rule would require brokers to act in the best interests of their clients in 401(k) and individual retirement accounts, a standard investment advisers currently meet. Although the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. supports the DOL’s goal, it said the measure does not incorporate existing securities laws and introduces ambiguous new concepts. More on Investment News here.

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    NYSE Outage Shows a Need for Plan B

    U.S. regulators called on top exchange officials two years ago to strengthen the plumbing that underpins the stock market after a series of trading disruptions. The exchanges did an analysis and concluded they needed a backup plan for the crucial 15-minute closing auction each day when traders are guaranteed they’ll get the final price. Yet when the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading for hours on Wednesday, there were unanswered questions. More on Bloomberg here.

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    Wall Street’s Top Cop Takes Harder Line

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has ratcheted up its punishment of individuals, more than doubling the typical fine over the past decade amid pressure to prove the agency is tough on Wall Street. The SEC has stepped up its enforcement activity across the board. The agency levied more civil penalties in the first half of this fiscal year, October through March, than over any comparable period since at least 2005, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of the 4,443 penalties imposed by the SEC since October 2004. More in the Wall Street Journal here.

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    New York Stock Exchange outage adds to fears on financial markets

    The New York Stock Exchange ground to a halt for nearly four hours Wednesday because of what officials said was a technical glitch, spooking investors and raising new worries about the soundness of the world’s complex financial markets. The nation’s oldest exchange went dark from 11:32 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., its longest computer-related closure to date, freezing orders and redirecting trades through a sprawling network of other exchanges. But the outage, the latest in a series of alarming glitches since the turbulent 2010 “flash crash,” has led to new questions about weaknesses in the technical underpinnings of some of the world’s most critical exchanges. More in the Washington Post here.

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    Regulators Probe Marketing of Hot Private Tech Shares

    Securities regulators have launched a broad investigation into whether hedge funds and other investors are improperly selling hot private technology stocks amid a boom in the trading of such shares, people close to the probe say. The regulatory scrutiny, which is at an early stage, follows a March article in The Wall Street Journal that delved into the role of middlemen in the burgeoning market for private shares. The investigation, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, is focused on a burst of new activity recently by people selling pre-IPO shares as valuations of private tech companies have exploded and companies have opted to remain private for longer. More in the Wall Street Journal here.

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