Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal this week announced that The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. plans to stop paying contingent commissions to insurance agents and brokers by the start of 2008.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is looking into whether hedge funds have increased their trading fees to compensate banks for office space they lease as a temporary home to hedge fund traders and if the funds are telling investors about the fees.
The St. Louis-based law firm of Schlichter Bogard&Denton has filed another 401(k) fee lawsuit.
Securities fraud class actions decreased by 38% in 2006, falling from 178 filings in 2005 to just 110 in 2006 - the lowest ever recorded in a calendar year since the adoption of the Public Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) of 1995.
On the last day of 2006, two more financial services firms announced settlements with regulators about their insurance business practices.
The US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee has announced James Michael Foley, former Vice President of Sales for UnumProvident Corporation, pled guilty on Friday to fraud in relation to sales of insurance to corporations.
Federal regulators have turned to the public for comment on how to formulate guidance on “phased retirement″ in-service plan distributions as provided for by the Pension Protection Act (PPA).
You may think things are crazy this time of year in your office – and they may well seem that way. Advisers are human, after all, and advisory firms composed of human advisers. We’re all subject to human foibles. But a recent NASD settlement reminds us all of just how out of control things can get.
Facing a backlog of about 1,200 requests for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determination letters on cash balance conversions, the agency announced Thursday that it had lifted a 1999 moratorium on processing the requests.
Fidelity Investments has announced it will pay more than $42 million to its funds after a report issued by independent trustees of Fidelity’s board said some of its traders directed business to brokers who provided them with lavish gifts.
Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM) confirmed Thursday that it has settled proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer related to alleged improper market timing accusations against Deutsche Asset Management Inc. and Deutsche Investment Management Americas Inc., the investment adviser to many of the DWS Scudder Funds.
Chubb Corporation announced on Thursday it will discontinue paying contingent commissions on all insurance lines in the United States beginning in 2007 as part of a settlement agreement with the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut and Illinois that resolves all issues arising out of investigations of property-casualty insurance market illegal bid-rigging practices.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department have issued final regulations that provide guidance concerning prohibited allocations and disqualified person requirements under section 409(p) of the Internal Revenue Code for employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) holding stock of Subchapter S corporations.
The sponsor of a 401(k) plan for employees at an Illinois racetrack is suing Principal Financial Group for fiduciary breach over revenue sharing arrangements with mutual funds whose offerings are in Principal’s 401(k) product.
In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s office charges UBS Financial Services, Inc. with leading inappropriate clients into its InsightOne brokerage program by falsely promoting services not offered.