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SEC and FINRA Struggle with Digital Assets; Reg BI Disclosure Duties Explained; RIA’s Fail when Hiring Advisors with Black Marks; and Firms Pay the Price for Employees’ Greed: Regulatory Update for August 2019

Yes, Digital Assets are Securities, but no, We’re Not Ready to Let You Deal in Them Yet. The SEC and FINRA issued a Joint Staff Statement on Broker-Dealer Custody of…

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SEC Adopts Broker-Dealer Best Interest Standard, Approves Form CRS and Explains Advisers’ Fiduciary Duty; GIPS 2020 Standards Finalized; Epic Ethics Fail by Large Auditing Firm: Regulatory Update for July 2019

Time to Roll-Up Your Sleeves and Dive into Regulation Best Interest: There are many great resources out there that summarize the newly adopted Securities Exchange Act Rule 15l-1 (“Regulation BI”). …

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SEC and OCIE Reach Out to B-Ds; Regulators Warn Firms to Use Enhanced Security on Cloud Storage; SEC’s War on “May” Continues, and Oklahoma Gets Schooled on Cybersecurity Risks: Regulatory Update for June 2019

SEC announces 2019 CCO Outreach program details: The 2019 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers, co-sponsored by the SEC and FINRA, will be held in Chicago on June 27, 2019….

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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…