Welcome to the Broker-Dealer Law Blog’s Resources section, a list of documents, links and websites specifically curated to help broker-dealers to navigate litigation, regulatory, compliance and fiduciary issues.

States with Good Samaritan Broker Laws

On January 22, 2016, the members of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released the Senior Model Act. It was developed and approved to serve as a model statute for states to adopt to target financial exploitation of seniors and to shield from liability brokers and brokerage firms who acted to assist those seniors. Twenty-eight states have passed laws that are substantially similar or identical to the Senior Model Act passed by the North American Securities Administrators Association. Click here to download a PDF chart tracking:

  • The effective date of the law in each state
  • Which key provisions the state has adopted
  • Any notable deviations or notes of interest

State Fiduciary Duty Developments

Fiduciary action is not limited to the federal level. States continue to propose and pass various laws and regulations that affect broker-dealers. Our team has compiled a breakdown of the recent state fiduciary duty developments. This cheat sheet will be updated on a continual basis.

A PDF is also available for download here.

New Jersey
New York
North Dakota
Rhode Island

Government Regulatory Links:

A compilation of important links from various government agencies and departments.

Securities and Exchange Commission:

The SEC’s 2017 Cybersecurity Alert and New Cyber Unit

Political Contribution Limitations

Chairman Clayton’s Remarks on Standards of Conduct for Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

The Laws That Govern the Securities Industry

SEC’s 2018 Exam Priorities

SEC Open Meeting on Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Standards

Comments on Proposed Rule: Regulation Best Interest

Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”)

The SEC’s 2017 Cybersecurity Alert and New Cyber Unit

Political Contribution Limitations and Disclosures

Report on FINRA Examination Findings

2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

Comment Request on Proposed Amendments to the Quantitative Suitability Obligation

Dispute Resolution Statistics

U.S. Department of Labor

 Conflict of Interest FAQs – August 2017

Conflict of Interest FAQs – May 2017