SEC Charges Alabama Broker-Dealer Aura Financial For Churning And Other Violations

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) press release, the SEC and the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) have charged Aura Financial Services, Inc. (Aura), a Birmingham, Alabama based broker-dealer, with churning of custormer accounts, “widespread supervisory failures” and other securities violations. The SEC and ASC believe that the actions of Aura, including several senior…

State Street’s Enhanced Index Bond Funds Subject Of Probe By Massachusetts Securities Regulators

According to the Wall Street Journal today, Massachusetts securities regulators have begun an investigation into whether State Street Corp. misled pension funds investors by falsely repesenting that some its bonds funds were low risk vehicles even though they were actually invested in volatile mortgage-backed securities. State Street is one of the largest managers of index funds. It is currently…