FINRA recently announced that Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett, Inc., a registered broker-dealer based in Chicago, Illinois, has been censured and fined $20,000. Without admitting or denying the findings, Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that it incorrectly submitted data to OATS. The findings further stated that the firm failed to properly disclose all pertinent information to customers on customer confirmations, in that the firm failed to disclose commission equivalents or markups/markdowns, the correct capacity and/or the correct price. The findings also included that the firm’s supervisory system did not provide for supervision reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws, regulations and/or FINRA rules addressing order handling, best execution, other trading rules, OATS and other rules.
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