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OCIE Lists Privacy Blunders; SEC Explains When Digital Assets become Securities; Ohio Mandates IARs and RR to Report Elder Abuse; FINRA Gives Broker an “F” in Email Review; and Google Searches Don’t Count as Due Diligence

Reg S-P Compliance Violations Spelled out by SEC: OCIE reviewed two years of deficiency letters and came up with a list of the most common Regulation S-P compliance issues.  The…

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SEC Asks for Help Understanding Digital Assets and Custody Rule, FINRA Issues FAQs on 529 Self-Reporting Request, New Testing for Swap Traders and 79 Firms Settle with SEC in Share Class Initiative

IA Watch Webinar on Real-Life Lessons on BCPs with Jill Grenda, Managing Director at Hardin Compliance Consulting:  Don’t miss IA Watch’s FREE webinar, Real-Life Lessons Learned from Peers Who’ve Had…

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March Madness for RIAs – Form ADV Annual Update; FINRA Hops on Share Class Bandwagon; More Big Fines for AML Failures and Dual-Hatted CCO takes a Fall: Regulatory Update for March 2019

Reminder: The deadline for filing the Form ADV update for investment advisers with a fiscal year end of December 31 is March 31, 2019, which is a Sunday.   IARD will…

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OCIE and FINRA Set Exam Priorities, FINRA Issues Cybersecurity Tips, and SEC Finds More Undisclosed Conflicts: Regulatory Update for February 2019

OCIE Announces 2019 Examination Priorities: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2019 exam priorities on December 20, 2018.  OCIE’s priorities haven’t changed much…

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OMG! SEC Gives Tips on IM and Texting, More Advisers Caught in 12b-1 Fee Scandal, and Lessons Learned from FINRA Exams: Regulatory Update for January 2019

Photo by Rawpixel  on Unsplash SEC Risk Alert – Observations from Investment Adviser Examinations Relating to Electronic Messaging:  In 2017, the OCIE performed a sweep exam targeting the use of electronic…

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Advisers Fall Short on Referral Arrangements, Mutual Fund Exams Planned, Updates to Annual and FOCUS Reports Finalized, and Compliance Program Fails: Regulatory Update for December 2018

Photo by Clever Visuals on Unsplash Risk Alert – Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Related to the Cash Solicitation Rule: The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert with a…

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Time to Pay Your Dues, Increase Cross Trade Testing and Disclose Your Conflicts: Regulatory Update November 2018

Photo by Matt Seymour on Unsplash Annual Renewal Program for IARD System: Get out your checkbooks!  It is time for the annual renewal of investment adviser (IA) firms and their IA representatives’ (IARs)…

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FINRA Warns Firms to Finalize Forms U4 and U5 Today! SEC Withdraws Proxy Voting Letters, GIPS Proposes Changes, and SEC Targets Advisers for Misleading Investors, Advertising Missteps, and Violations of Reg. S-ID: Regulatory Update for October 2018

SEC withdraws Prior Guidance on Proxy Voting Firm Independence.  The SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an Information Update officially withdrawing two no-action letters on proxy voting issued back in…

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FINRA Updates Registration Rules, NFA Writes Disclosures for Virtual Currencies and SEC Stays Busy with Actions against RIAs: Regulatory Update for September 2018

SEC Goes Ahead with Administrative Proceedings:   With little fanfare, the SEC issued an order to terminate its previous stay on pending administrative proceedings before its Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) on…