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    Rogue Advisors on Parade: Sunshine Ponzier, Off-Radar Low Flier, and Scummy Senior Scammer

    By: on August 24th, 2017 • Comments: 0

    A Central Florida investment advisor perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that cost consumers $3.6 million. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Justin Troy Spearman, 29, convinced mutliple Florida residents to invest in a fraudulent Texas oil and gas scheme.

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    Rogue Advisors on Parade: Dead Son Fraudster, Client Moocher, Annuity Churner

    By: on July 25th, 2017 • Comments: 0

    A New York insurance agent and his wife were indicted for trying to scam their deceased son’s life insurer. According to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the agent, Lawrence D. Rosenbaum, 65, and his wife, Thomasine Henderson, 65, both of Albany, New York, stole over $12,000 in life insurance cash values and tried to wrongfully obtain nearly $50,000 in life insurance benefits relating to the death of their son.

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    Advisor Alert: Fiduciary Rule is Dead . . . Long Live the Fiduciary?

    By: on June 30th, 2017 • Comments: 0

    With the election of Donald J. Trump as president, most financial-services experts have predicted the demise of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. Although the measure partially took effect on June 9, 2017, full implementation was delayed until January 1, 2018 essentially postponing enforcement until then. The jury is still out on what will happen next year, but most predict further delays, a watering down, or the beginning of a full-blown repeal effort.

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    Advisor Alert: How Good IS Your Senior Abuse Prevention?

    By: on June 22nd, 2017 • Comments: 0

    Have you and/or your firm optimized your business practices in order to prevent your senior clients from falling victim to financial abuse or fraud?

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    Rogue Advisors on Parade: Earth Father, Death Broker, “It’s Not My Fault” Scammer

    By: on June 22nd, 2017 • Comments: 0

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has sanctioned a New Jersey investment advisor with a love for God’s green Earth for ripping off $6 million from his clients and using it to pay for his mortgage and home landscaping services.

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    Advisor Alert: New FINRA Tools on the Books for Fighting Senior Financial Abuse

    By: on April 27th, 2017 • Comments: 0

    Financial advisors who work the senior marketplace are no strangers to the topic of senior financial abuse. For years, advisors and their FMOs, RIAs, broker-dealers, financial institutions, and regulators have grappled with the problem of how to protect seniors against people they know who steal their money.

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    Advisor Alert: State Securities Regulators Ramp Up Enforcement Actions

    By: on November 16th, 2016 • Comments: 0

    Financial advisors often adopt an “it won’t happen to me” posture when it comes to getting caught violating state (or federal) regulations. However, a new report from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) highlights the fallacy behind that thinking.

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    Be Careful: Don't Let Narcissism Wreck Your Business or Career

    By: on August 15th, 2016 • Comments: 0

    In the modern world, we know that narcissism is a common ailment. And many would argue that the financial-services business has its fair share of narcissists—advisors who are too busy contemplating their own “beauty” to care much about anyone or anything else. Not sure about that assessment? Consider some of its telltale symptoms.

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    No-Worry Selling, Part 3: Serve Yourself Best by Serving Others First

    By: on July 26th, 2016 • Comments: 0

    So what does a no-worry advisory style look like? It involves putting clients at the heart of your practice in every way. It involves a robust commitment to comprehensive fact-finding, a full embrace of the new Department of Labor fiduciary standard (when it goes live next year), and a by-the-books approach to product suitability.

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    Top Ten Most Frequent Real Estate E&O Claims, Part 5: Flooding or Leaks, Property Value

    By: on July 26th, 2016 • Comments: 0

    This is the last installment in our series about the most common real estate E&O insurance claims.

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