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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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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 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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Regulatory Update August 2016

REMINDER: FINRA members’ websites must include hyperlink to BrokerCheck.  Effective June 6, 2016, FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public) requires websites of broker-dealers to include a “readily apparent reference…