Certify Able

Concerns about unscrupulous financial advisers using faux designations to mislead individual investors have resulted in a number of state initiatives to crack down on how these designations are used.

SEC Enforcement Unit Has Room for Improvement, GAO Says

Although the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has instituted management improvements in recent years, it has some distance to go to reach its greatest level of effectiveness, according to a new government study.

SEC Charges Auditors with SOX Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged 69 auditors with issuing audit reports on the financial statements of public companies although the firms were not registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

IRS Extends Deadline for 409A Compliance

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Monday gave plan sponsors until December 31, 2008 to bring documents into compliance with the final nonqualified deferred compensation regulations under section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

Cashed-Out Participants Pursuing Fiduciary Breach Claims

Employees who have cashed out of their employer-sponsored retirement plans but still want to bring fiduciary breach suits seem to be getting some judiciary backing, with another federal court giving the go ahead for another such suit to proceed.