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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…

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Best Execution Tips, FINRA Impostors, Changes in Liquidity Disclosures for Funds and Pay-to-Play Fines: Regulatory Update for August 2018

 OCIE Issues Risk Alert on Best Execution: The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a risk alert to provide investment advisers with information about the most common…

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SEC Hits Pause Button for ALJs; Updates on Custody Rule; SEC Director Discusses What Makes Cryptocurrency a Security; Mutual Funds Allowed to Save Trees: Regulatory Update for July 2018

SEC Stops All In-House Cases after Defeat in Supreme Court:   The SEC enforcement division suffered a blow when the U.S. Supreme Court held that the process for hiring SEC’s administrative…

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SEC Answers Questions on Share Class Initiative, Creates Mock ICO; DOL Agrees to Continue Non-Enforcement Policy, and FINRA Helps BDs with Tips on Heightened Supervision: Regulatory Update June 2018

SEC issues FAQs on Share Class Disclosure Initiative:  I meant what I said and I said what I meant:  Back on February 12, 2018, the SEC Division of Enforcement announced…

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SEC Proposes New Best Interest Standard for BDs, Conduct Standards for RIAs, Warns Advisers about Bad Billing Practices, and the EU Extends its Reach on Data Protection: Regulatory Update May 1, 2018

SEC Proposes “Regulation Best Interest” for Broker-Dealers: In an attempt to “enhance the quality and transparency of investors’ relationships with investment advisers and broker dealers,” the SEC has proposed and…