ALBANY—On Tuesday, the New York State Court of Appeals heard the appeal of Chaskie Rosenberg, a registered rep who was fired in 2003 by Metropolitan Life Insurance. The court’s decision could have a major impact on New York laws about what brokerage firms can and cannot put on the U5 forms they file with the NASD when an employee leaves a firm. Initial questions from the judges suggest they may side with reps, some of whom have been fighting back against what they say are false allegations of misconduct on these U5 forms.
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 24 approved a new code of procedures that govern arbitrations at the NASD Dispute Resolution. The changes were a long time coming: Some of them have been sitting at the SEC since 2003.
Lawyers often see family members get ugly over assets. Rarely, though, does the nastiness literally explode, sending one of the parties to meet his maker. But that's exactly what happened in the case of Dr. Nicholas Bartha and his ex-wife Cordula Hahn. Their War of the Roses divorce became his funeral dirge.
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As the industry continues to shift toward fee based business, many advisors are taking a deeper look into their current practice in an effort to align with this trend. The good news is that shifting away from a commission-based model can transform your practice in powerful ways—including increasing the stability of your revenue streams, enhancing client loyalty and potentially boosting the value of your businesses....More