By Antonita Madonna, Regulatory Intelligence The legal use of marijuana could increase substantially by the end of the year as several U.S. states, including California, vote on its use for recreational or medical purposes. This could open new markets for insurance coverage in areas including property and casualty and health. However, insurers, principally regulated by the states, are unlikely to step in while federal regulations still criminalize use of the drug.
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IMPACT ANALYSIS: FINRA’s charges against ex-Morgan Stanley traders hired by UBS raise background questions
By Julie DiMauro, Regulatory Intelligence
(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) charges against John Batista Bocchino and his sales assistant, Rafael Barela Jacinto, over unauthorized trading of $190 million worth of Venezuelan bonds and falsifying records have cast light on the significance of disciplinary histories in employing brokers.
By Richard Satran, Regulatory Intelligence
(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – Goldman Sachs wants to be known as the best-in-class risk firm. At the start of the year Goldman’s chief financial officer Howard Schwartz told analysts the firm saw bottom-line benefits in its compliance hiring binge while other banks were pulling back or staying pat. (more…)
By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete
NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Banks don’t do bad things – people do – so the people behind the alleged violations should face more regulatory scrutiny and personal accountability, said Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services.
Special report: UK regulators face mounting concerns over their handling of multi-million pound fund collapse
By Alex Davidson, Compliance Complete
LONDON, Apr. 4, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Regulators face searching questions about whether they acted effectively in the multi-million pound collapse in 2012 of an unregulated collective investment scheme (UCIS). The then Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) decisions concerning the Connaught Income Fund, Series 1, a UK-domiciled fund based in London, will come under fresh scrutiny at a debate in Westminster Hall, between members of parliament and HM Treasury this month, subject to scheduling. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said that the FSA, its predecessor body, acquitted itself well in dealing with the situation. Detractors, including investors, MPs and independent financial advisers (IFAs), have said the regulator failed to act appropriately on warnings about the misappropriation of multiple millions of pounds from the fund.
Some have found fault with the regulator, fund operators and IFAs who sold the Connaught fund, but it remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be held broadly accountable. Critics of the regulator have said it failed to investigate effectively evidence of financial misappropriation and insolvency, at Tiuta Plc (Tiuta), a regulated mortgage lender, to which the fund was lending money. The evidence was provided by whistleblower George Patellis, chief executive of Tiuta, which, like its unregulated subsidiary,Tiuta International (TIL), was a specialist partner to the Connaught fund. (more…)