On March 4, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cautioned investors that they found significant deficiencies in how investment advisers handle client assets. Specifically, that advisers had failed to maintain control of clients' assets or comingled client, proprietary and employee assets in a single account.
The SEC identified problems in the handling of client assets in one-third of the 140 firms it reviewed. Preventing Ponzi schemes, like that of Bernard Madoff, has become a top priority of the SEC. "Because the safeguarding of assets is central to investor protection, it is critical that investment advisers follow our rules when they maintain custody of their clients' funds" said SEC chairman Elissee Walter.
If you are a victim of securities fraud, financial malpractice, Ponzi scheme, broker theft by a FINRA registered broker or have requested to withdraw money from your account and have been turned down please call the securities attorneys of The Costello Law Group at (877) 418-0003 for a free consultation.
For more information on the SEC's examination please visit:http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20130304/FREE/130309972