Members of this firm, financial industry members, and SEC and FINRA staff joined state securities and commodities regulators at their annual conference this week. As always, the conference agenda was relentless—filled with impressive panels discussing trends and developments on the broker-dealer and investment advisory side, State, Federal and SRO enforcement actions and compliance audits, as well as commodities regulation and international financial market policy. When NASAA's Enforcement Section met during the conference, its leaders listed precious metals retail sales as one of their primary concerns and enforcement priorities. The discussion, however, focused on margin sales, with an additional dose of skepticism about precious metals depository services. Notably, many interpret language in the Dood-Frank Act to preclude most transactions that combine the use of margin and storage, although the precious metals industry still awaits belated CFTC rule-making in this area.
In the interest of full disclosure, Cosgrove Law, LLC is a member of the ICTA and provides compliance services to members of the precious metals industry. Is also, however, represents investors defrauded by the less reputable members of an industry arguably vindicated by years of market appreciation. Indeed, today's Wall Street Journal published one of dozens of articles regarding the role of gold and other metals in the personal finances and portfolios of Americans struggling through another year of economic malaise and equity market volatility. To read this full article, please click here.