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REMA brings together the Office of the Chief Economist and the Office of Financial Innovation WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that it has promoted Jonathan Sokobin to Executive Vice President and Head of the newly created Office of Regulatory Economics and Market Analysis (REMA).  Sokobin, previously Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, will remain Chief Economist and a member of FINRA’s management committee, and continue to report to FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook.
New Committee Highlights FINRA’s Commitment to Improving DEI in the Securities Industry WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that it has established an Industry Diversity Advisory Committee, advancing its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the securities industry. The FINRA Board of Governors appointed members to the new committee at its September meeting, implementing a recommendation by FINRA’s Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF).
Playbook Can be Accessed by 1.7 Million Girls, Including 571,000 From Communities of Color WASHINGTON—The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) announced today that it has partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to launch new financial education programming and resources to meet the needs of girls and their families in underserved communities.
Pennington Elected to One of Three Large-Firm Seats on FINRA Board WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that Penny Pennington, Managing Partner of Edward Jones, was elected as a large-firm governor of the FINRA Board of Governors at a special meeting of large-firm members.
The Technology is Designed to Enhance Firms’ Compliance Efforts, Reduce Costs and Aid in Risk Management WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that it has launched a machine-readable rulebook initiative designed to enhance firms’ compliance efforts, reduce costs and aid in risk management.
The Fellowship Program Gives Military Spouses Resources and Accreditation to Help Their Community Overcome Financial Strains and Advance Their Careers WASHINGTON—The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) announced today the 2022 FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship recipients.
WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that it has fined Barclays Capital Inc. (Barclays Capital) $2 million for failing to comply with its best execution obligations in connection with its customers’ electronic equity orders.
On the Front Lines of Investor Protection
WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that it has fined UBS Securities LLC (UBS) $2.5 million for Regulation SHO (Reg SHO) violations and supervisory failures spanning a period of nine years.
University of Georgia Professor Recognized for Pioneering Research and Advocacy to Advance Financial Inclusion and Alleviate Racial and Gender Bias in Agricultural Lending WASHINGTON—The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) today awarded Cesar Escalante the 2022 Ketchum Prize—its highest honor—in recognition of his outstanding service and research to advance financial capability and inclusion in the U.S.
WASHINGTON—FINRA announced today that an extended hearing panel has expelled broker-dealer NYPPEX, LLC and barred its former CEO Laurence Allen for failing to respond in a timely and complete manner to FINRA requests for information and documents. The panel also found that NYPPEX and Allen engaged in securities fraud.