Conflicts of Interest | cryptocurrency | Form CRS | Municipal Advisors | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | Seniors and Vulnerable Investors

Fee-Based Annuities Get a Boost, More Resources on Reg BI and Form CRS, States get Tough on Crypto Scams, SEC Speaks on Proxy Voting, Gets Tough to Protect Vulnerable Adults and Drops the Other Shoe on Revenue Sharing: Regulatory Update for September 2019

IRS Ruling Allows Advisers to be Paid out of Fee-Based Annuities. Nationwide and a few other insurers, including Lincoln Financial and Great American Life, have received private letter rulings from…

Conflicts of Interest | cryptocurrency | FINRA Rule Changes | Hedge Funds | Investment Adviser Regulation | Mutual Funds | Private Equity | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | SEC News | SEC Rule changes | Seniors and Vulnerable Investors

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…

Conflicts of Interest | Form ADV | Form ADV Disclosure | Form CRS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Rule changes

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”). …

Conflicts of Interest | cybersecurity | FINRA Rule Changes | Mutual Funds | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC News | Seniors and Vulnerable Investors

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….

12b-1 Fees | Advertising and Marketing | Best Execution | Conflicts of Interest | cybersecurity | FINRA Examinations | NFA | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Exam | SEC Examinations

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…

12b-1 Fees | Conflicts of Interest | Cross Trading | Custody | Mutual Fund Regulation | Mutual Funds | NFA

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)…

Advertising and Marketing | Conflicts of Interest | cybersecurity | FINRA Rule Changes | GIPS | Private Funds | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Rule changes

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…

Best Execution | Conflicts of Interest | FINRA Examinations | FINRA Rule Changes | NFA | Trading Away | Virtual Currency | Wrap Accounts

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…

CFTC | Conflicts of Interest | Custody | DOL Fiduciary Rule | FINRA Rule Changes | Hedge Funds | ICO | Municipal Advisors | Mutual Funds | Private Funds | SEC News

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…

Best Execution | Conflicts of Interest | DOL Fiduciary Rule | FINRA Rule Changes | ICO | Mutual Fund Distribution | Regulatory Deadlines

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…