SER Releases 2nd Issue of The Expert's Examiner
August 15, 2019

The 2nd issue of Securities Experts Roundtable's newsletter, The Expert's Examiner, was released yesterday. In its current form, the newsletter is a one year pilot program initiated by the SER PR Committee, SER Website Committee, and the SER Board of Directors in partnership with Richard P. Ryder of the Securities Arbitration Commentator, Inc. The publication seeks to keep both SER members and their clients and colleagues up to date on current issues impacting our industry. Elizabeth Falk, SER's President-Elect and a member of the PR Committee, recently posted "I am so proud of this quality publication and of the fabulous organization behind it. If The Expert's Examiner develops a significant readership then the SER Board is likely to extend publication beyond the current pilot period.We encourage members to pass along the publication to their peers and clients who can also subscribe clicking the "Join Email List" button at the top or "Subscribe to Our Quarterly Newsletter" at the bottom.

Annual Snapshot of U.S. Capital Markets in One-Page Chart -- Just In: 2018 Results
July 8, 2019

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT - SER Member and bond expert Gerry Guild uses statistics extensively in his work and has prepared a U.S. Capital Markets Chart that captures at a glance the gross numbers on the national and corporate DEBT that keeps this nation's economy chugging along -- and that also has to be serviced. Recently, Gerry contributed his 2018 snapshot of the various markets to the SER Library. The Chart displays three interrelated, intertwined debt components: (1) Outstanding Market or Principal Value; (2) Issuance: primary market, the creation of capital; and (3) Daily Trading Volume: secondary market, liquidity, the greatest risk of any investment (i.e., will you be able to sell your security at a reasonable market price when you want to?). To complete the capital picture, Gerry also provides gross figures for the nation's EQUITIES markets (common & preferred stock). The SER Library represents a member benefit -- it's reserved for members only and relies upon member contributions of articles, statistical works, and periodicals. SER thanks to Gerry Guild for this contribution. (You must login to access the Library.)

Your Expert Witness May Not Be an Expert - At Being an Expert Witness
June 26, 2019

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT -  Member and former SER President Richard Leisner authored a recent article titled "Your Expert Witness May Not Be an Expert – At Being an Expert Witness" emphasizing the dangers of an expert writing a report that does not comply with the specific requirements of federal rules of procedure. In the case highlighted, the court excluded the expert report under Rule 37 for failure to comply with Rule 26 and granted the defense's motion for summary judgment. A practicing lawyer at Trenam Law in Tampa Florida, Richie has written "more than 40 expert reports, mostly for cases in Federal Court." He will be a panelist at this year's conference in Saint Paul on the Writing an Expert Report & Testifying Differences: Arbitration, Deposition, and Court session.

2019 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers
June 25, 2019

OUTSIDE NEWS - The 2019 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers will take place June 27th at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 9am-4pm (central time). Sponsored by the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), in coordination with the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), it is a free conference that can be attended in person or via live broadcast. "The program provides an open forum for regulators and industry professionals to share strong compliance practices and promote the exchange of ideas to develop an effective compliance structure. Registration is required.

Upcoming SIFMA Events in July
June 25, 2019

OUTSIDE NEWS - Whether retained by claimants or respondents, an expert can usually benefit from attending industry conferences. Two upcoming events hosted by SIFMA may be of particular interest. 

Regulation Best Interest on July 10th in Washington D.C. from Noon-6:15pm (eastern) Attend live or via webcast. Featured speakers are The Honorable Hester M. Peirce, Commissioner/SEC; Dalia Blass, Director of Investment Management/SEC; Brett Redfearn, Director, Division of Trading and Markets/SEC. The programs includes insight on:  

  • Regulation Best Interest;
  • Form CRS; SEC Guidance on Investment Advisers’ Fiduciary Duty and the “Solely Incidental” Prong under the Advisers Act;
  • What’s Next? (including state-level fiduciary proposals, DOL action and more).

Compliance & Legal Society Regional Seminar on July 24th in San Francisco (8am-5pm), provides an opportunity to stay current in the "increasingly complex and changing regulatory and compliance arenas." Much smaller than the Annual Meeting, the event presents easier access for networking with potential clients. 

Tip: SIFMA "special" membership is $150/year and usually saves $200 off the non-member price of attendance.


Check Out this SER Member's Website: Using Video as a Communication Aid
May 24, 2019

MEMBER NEWS - Having that specialized knowledge of the rules, standards and issues is only one of the attributes that makes a testifying expert effective in front of a jury or a panel of arbitrators. Appearance, bearing, articulation, composure and confidence are additional witness qualities that register with fact-finders as they measure an expert's usefulness in understanding and evaluating the evidence in a case. Some experts are turning to video presentations on their professional websites to convey to visitors these more subjective dimensions. SER Member Charles W. Ranson uses embedded videocasts on his website as an educational tool. His Home Page offers a Profile for downloading, a CV upon request, and, under the "Issues" Menu on the HomePage NavBar, one can drill down on topics in which this expert can speak with authority -- and that's where the videos bring the text to life.  If you want to consider this feature for your website, Chuck says he'd be happy to refer SER members to the video production company he uses.


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