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    Finra names new head of arbitration

    A 19-year veteran of the organization will replace Linda Fienberg on Dec. 1.

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    Two big developments in retirement planning grab advisers' attention

    Social Security and annuities make news, LPL's regulatory headaches continue, and the rest of this week's must-read stories for advisers.

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    Wunderlich and fired LPL broker part ways

    Former star LPL broker and Houston branch manager James "Jeb" Bashaw is no longer joining Wunderlich Securities, and is also fighting back against LPL's allegations.

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    Getting a fair shake in arbitration

    A well-educated arbitrator will be better able to see phony arguments from both sides in a dispute.

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    PIABA claims arbitrator bias – Finra lashes back

    Plaintiff's attorneys say lack of diversity among panelists means disadvantage for investors.

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    BrokerCheck needs a marketing effort

    It's time for Finra to get serious about making sure investors know BrokerCheck exists.

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    Finra's proposed nontraded REIT rule changes could have gone further

    Checks on sponsor companies and protection for investors and advisers is welcome, but statement reporting adds more confusion than clarity

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    SEC signs off on Finra arbitration fee increases

    Agency approves Finra's proposal to boost fees on larger claims in order to better pay the roughly 6,300 arbitrators

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    Morgan Stanley wins back $3M bonus from insider trader

    A Finra arbitration panel ordered Vladimir Eydelman to repay his former firm after he was fired in March amid charges of insider trading.

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    B-D's fate uncertain after $4M arbitration award

    Resource Horizons Group may not be able to meet net capital requirements; Kovack Securities opens its doors to advisers.

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    WFG Investments facing $650,000 Finra 'global fine'

    Comes on heels of another $200,000 penalty last year for missing a stock-fraud scheme

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    Beatty takes reins of NASAA, focuses on protecting senior investors

    Other issues state regulators are tackling include expungement, broker fee disclosures and REIT concentration in portfolios.

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    Executives of defunct IBD hit with $1.05 million arbitration award

    Investors sued individuals after the firm, Allied Beacon Partners, ran out of capital and failed to pay earlier arb award.

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    Advisers should be supporting transparency

    The SEC's potential rules to increase disclosure of mutual fund holdings should be applauded.

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    Should you follow Bill?

    Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin features: Bill Gross is selling bonds. Should you? Plus: Finra might go inside to replace Fienberg; the markets' muted reaction to Obama; pump and dump; more money flows to hedge funds; and Cantor's way of commemorating 9/11.