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August 20, 2018

Posted  August 20, 2018

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith has agreed to pay $8.9 million to resolve claims that it violated the anti-fraud provisions of the Investment Advisers Act by failing to disclose its conflicts of interests to clients. According to the SEC, the violation occurred when Merrill Lynch failed to go through with a planned vote on whether to stop offering certain products managed by a third party, and then failed to disclose to clients that this decision was due to its own business interests. SEC

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