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Rosy View of SEC Regulation at Odds With Reality

Barbara Roper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

In an increasingly frantic effort to derail new protections for retirement savers, SIFMA, the self-described "voice of the U.S. securities industry," has purchased yet another study that purports to show why a pending Department of Labor (DOL) proposal to require all financial advisors to put their customers first is unnecessary and inappropriate.

White Noise: 'I Trust Wall Street'

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

On March 12 Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White publicly returned fire for the first time on the charge from outsiders and two of her fellow commissioners that her agency is soft on Wall Street. Cut through her rhetoric, however, and what she seems to be implying is: "The SEC trusts Wall Street."

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.16.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

Mark Cuban | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Mark Cuban

Why is this bubble far worse than the tech bubble of 2000? Because the only thing worse than a market with collapsing valuations is a market with no valuations and no liquidity.

How Can Investors Find Advisors They Can Trust? A New Road Map To Follow

April Rudin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Is there any issue more contentious than trust in the financial advice and wealth management business? No, probably not. But beyond a little gut instinct and a good referral, how do you really know who you can trust with your hard-earned dollars.

Michael McAuliff

House Tries To Stop All New Government Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety ...

College Football Playoff Better But Not Enough

Wayne Coito | Posted 03.07.2015 | Sports
Wayne Coito

Notwithstanding a much more accurate national title setup, the College Football Playoff still must go one step further. An 8-team tournament is still a far better option and might have possibly gifted us a different title game, but we'll never know.

Zach Carter

Senate Dems Tell SEC To Implement CEO Pay Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen Senate Democrats including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called Tuesday for the Securities and Exchange Commission to implement a r...

SEC Holding Crowdfunding Hostage

Larry MacDonald | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Larry MacDonald

The SEC is blocking small business' access to funding and delaying job creation. Congress passed Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, commonly known as the JOBS Act, in 2012 and ordered the SEC to write rules for its implementation by January 2013. The SEC is more than two years late and businesses are suffering as a result.

A Financial Services Marketing Girl's Guide To Surviving A Compliance Conference

April Rudin | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Our audience looked shell-shocked although it was only the morning of day 2. Deer in the headlights-I think I was the only one in the room smiling. How could I lighten their load? This is not a funeral nor a death sentence I thought. 6 years later, has anything really changed?

Pay-to-Play Restrictions on Government Contracting Under Assault

Craig Holman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

Pay-to-play restrictions constitute desperately-needed government contracting reform -- designed to preserve the integrity of the government contracting process and save taxpayer dollars -- not campaign finance reform. Even the Roberts Court may well see this.

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my f...

Here's More Proof The Financial Markets Are Rigged

Reuters | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business

Oct 29 (Reuters) - Hedge funds and other rapid-fire investors get access to market-moving documents before other users of the Securities and Exchang...

Wall Street's 5 Most Deceptive Sales Practices

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 12.17.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

The headlines are not the only risks that are created by Wall Street. There are other risks and there is a 75% probability one of them is impacting you.

What's Next for Campaign Finance Reform?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

While it would be nice to be able to wave a magic wand or pass a sweeping bill to fix the system, it's just not going to happen. Now is the time for determined and steadfast battles on several fronts.

My Surprising Conversation With Dick Fuld (Yes, That Dick Fuld) and the Future of America

Peter Sims | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Peter Sims

Now, America has long been an exceptionally redemptive society. Even if you screw up really badly, if you are willing to reflect long and hard, learn from your mistakes, and demonstrate a commitment to a larger purpose than your own ego, you can emerge on the other side and begin anew.

Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts

Rohan Kusre | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Rohan Kusre

The Internet is doing to the crowdfunding industry what it has done to countless other industries in the economy: democratizing the process and making geographical barriers irrelevant.

Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

Steve Horn | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for "conspiring to help the environment."

NCAA Board Approves Historic Reforms Package

AP | By MICHAEL MAROT | Posted 10.07.2014 | Sports

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — College football's biggest schools are ready to spend millions of dollars more on their athletes. Individual play...

The SEC Should Shine a Light on Dark Political Donations From Corporations

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Nate Silver has already dubbed the 2014 election as "the least important in years." But this year's midterms are still breaking records for at least one thing: Secret political spending.

10 Firms Targeted In High-Speed Trading Probe

Posted 07.17.2014 | Business

(Refiles to correct spelling of Allston in fourth paragraph) By John McCrank NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Comm...

How DC's Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter

Michael Winship | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

As the revolving door spins faster than ever between jobs in government and corporate America, information and who you know are the currency that gets you through the tollgate, information that paying clients then use for ever greater profits and a competitive edge.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

Zach Carter

This Rising GOP Star May Undercut His Own Crusade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Jeb Hensarling walked into the Lehrman auditorium at the Heritage Foundation in late May, it was ostensibly to give a speech o...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Faces Mounting Pressure to Act on Oil, Gas, Mining Global Transparency

Frank Vogl | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the powerhouse lobbying group for the oil industry, is pushing hard for actions that are not only explicitly against the interests of investors, but that bolster corrupt regimes in many foreign countries.