Typically, one in 20 of settlements against corporate offenders is precipitated by a whistleblower, not a regulator. That begs the question – who are these defenders of the common good and how has the whistleblowing process changed?
Addictive behavior is never pretty and the same can be said for broker recruiting checks. They belong in the same category because they can have such a deleterious effect on those entrusted with the responsibility of managing money for others.
My first day of production on Wall Street was the day the market crashed in October 1987. Coincidentally, in the new movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, it also was the day that the film’s lead character, Jordan Belfort, started work at a legitimate Wall Street firm that subsequently closed.
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