Bruce Kelly, of InvestmentNews, reports that Finra will soon open its dispute resolution arbitration platform to registered investment advisors. (IN) This is good news for RIA investors because those arbitrations have typically been heard in AAA or JAMS forums, which are much more expensive. RIA firms may also welcome the lower costs.
Finra Dispute Resolution President Linda Feinberg announced that a few RIA cases were already in the system and a formal rollout will be coming soon. Feinberg also said,
"The move is in no way related to Finra's effort to become the self-regulatory organization overseeing investment advisers."
Readers of this blog will note that we have covered the battle for investment advisor regulation being waged between Finra and the SEC here. I will leave readers to their own opinions about how this move relates to that dispute.