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- SEC Charges Additional Defendant in Fraudulent ICO Scheme
- Warren Buffett Simply Blew it on Wells Fargo Stock: Dick Bove (Video)
- Barclays and Deutsche Bank to Lag U.S. Trading Peers
- NY AG Schneiderman Seeks to Close Loophole That Could Let Trump Pardons Block State Charges
- 'Fearless Girl' is Moving to NYSE After Year Staring Down 'Charging Bull'
- What's In Your Wallet - American Express Shares Soar After Earnings Release
- Deutsche Bank's Executive Departures Continue Following Change in CEO
- Reflections of an Economist Commissioner (SEC's Piwowar)
- Billionaire HF Manager and The Fed Chair Runner-Up are Investing in New Cryptocurrency
- Court Finds 2 Brokers Liable for Fraud Involving Mortgage-Backed Securities
- One FINRA: An Organization’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
- 2018 GASB Accounting Support Fee to Fund the Governmental Accounting Standards Board
- Barclays Eyes Move Into Cryptocurrency Trading
- Goldman Breaks From Wall Street Pack with Bond-Trading Boom
- Janney Montgomery Scott CEO Joins FINRA Board of Governors
- SEC Encourages Investors to Do Background Checks on Investor.gov
- The Martin Act: Wall Street Titan Takes Aim at Law That Tripped Him Up
- Bank of America’s Cost-Cutting Drive Pushes Profit to Record
- Larry Fink: Wall Street’s $6 Trillion Man Finally Worth $1Bn
- Activist Investor Wants Barclays Investment Banking Overhaul (Video)
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Giving the SEC a Bigger Bite in Fight to Protect Investors
A bill was introduced in the Senate last week that would give the SEC authority to impose higher penalties on those who violate securities laws. Under The Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act of 2017:
- Individuals charged with the most serious securities law violations would face a penalty that would be the greater of: (i) $1 million; (ii) 3 times the monetary gain; or, (iii) the losses incurred by the victims of the violation.
- Entities charged with those serious violations would face a penalty that is the greater of: (i) $10 million; (ii) 3 times the monetary gain; or, (iii) losses the victims of the violations incurred.
- The SEC could triple its fines against repeat offenders that have committed criminal or civil securities fraud within the previous 5 years.
According to Bondbuyer.com, the SEC can currently only penalize violators in cases up to $181,071 per offense for individuals and $905,353 for institutions. The SEC can also calculate penalties to equal the amount of ill-gotten gains if the enforcement action is filed in federal court, but cannot do so if it is filed in an administrative proceeding. The legislation would allow the SEC to assess the penalties for cases in both federal court and administrative proceedings.
The bill was referred to the Senate Banking Committee for consideration.