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Accelerant Publishes Puerto Rico Municipal Bond Crisis White Paper

Posted by Jack Duval

Feb 7, 2014 7:20:30 AM

This post continues our expert coverage of the Puerto Rico municipal bond crisis.

Accelerant is pleased to announce the publishing of a new white paper entitled:  "The Puerto Rico Municipal Bond Crisis:  What took you so long?"  The paper is co-authored by analyst Jay Dulski, fixed income expert Gerry Guild, and CEO Jack Duval, and can be accessed here.

Paper sections include:

  • The Puerto Rico Economy from 2006 to 2013
  • Understinding Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds
  • Municipal Bond Funds
  • The Effect of Combining Internal Fund and Account Leverage: 1 + 1  = 4
  • Appendicies of Tax Tables, Historical Bond Ratings, and Credit Ratings Scales
  • Links to News Articles and Data Sources



For information about Accelerant municipal bond and closed-end fund experts, click here.

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Topics: municipal bond crisis, closed-end funds, Puerto Rico, UBS, litigation, white paper, investments, securities litigation

Accelerant Publishes New White Paper: "Suitability Obligations When Using Specialists"

Posted by Jack Duval

Oct 16, 2013 4:10:45 AM

The white paper can be found here.

From the introduction:

The specialist system has existed in the brokerage world since the 1980’s, however, it has not received a great deal of regulatory or expert commentary. This is remarkable since the use of specialists is common throughout the industry, particularly in the sales of complex products.

This paper explores the suitability obligations of Registered Representatives and product specialists when jointly making recommendations to clients. The origin and evolution of the specialist system is examined along with the functions typical of specialists. The industry distinction between “inside” and “outside” specialists is described, and selling agreements between Broker-Dealers (“BDs”) and outside specialists are examined as well.

Most importantly, a critical potential dilemma is explored in regards to suitability: what happens if the Registered Representative knows the client, the product specialist knows the product, but neither knows both?

The answer, in short, is that the Registered Representative has ultimate responsibility for the suitability of all recommendations to the client. However, if the Registered Representative involves a specialist in the recommendation at any time, then both must know the client and the investment well enough to make a suitability determination. If either fails in this regard, then the recommendation cannot be said to be suitable.

The paper is co-authored by John Duval, Sr. and Jack Duval.



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Topics: FINRA, registered representative, broker dealer, litigation, white paper, suitability, supervision, Accelerant, SEC, specialists, Jack Duval, John Duval Sr., Compliance, regulation.

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