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    1. States Push for Investor-Related Protections as Feds Back Away

      States Push for Investor-Related Protections as Feds Back Away

      State regulators are placing more emphasis on investor protection, amid a federal pullback, CNBC reports. There are several examples of this trend in action. On Tuesday, Massachusetts announced an investigation into how several top U.S. brokerages handle customer buy and sell orders. Earlier in the summer, Nevada introduced a new fiduciary standard for brokers working in the state, even as a federal rule has been partially delayed...

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      Mentions: Dodd-Frank SEC
    2. Investor Matt Drapkin Shakes Up Small Companies

      Investor Matt Drapkin Shakes Up Small Companies

      Activist investor Matt Drapkin practices big-stick diplomacy in the small-company world. When he sees management teams destroying shareholder value at what should be profitable companies, Drapkin asks for a seat on the board of directors—nicely, at first.

      “There is an if-you-don’t path,” says Drapkin, 44, founding CEO of hedge fund shop Northern Right Capital Management. “It’s more hostile and aggressive and I’d prefer not to go down...

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