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SEC’s Relentless Pursuit of Comp-Related Conflict Disclosures, RIA and BD Annual Renewals Come Due, FINRA Year in Review, New ETF Rule Eliminates Need for Exemptive Orders, Zero Commissions – What’s Next?: Regulatory Update for November 2019

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: SEC’s FAQs on Conflicts of Interest and Recent Settlements Set Bar Impossibly High for Advisers.  The SEC is going on the offensive, tackling…

Conflicts of Interest | Cross Trading | Form CRS | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines

States Challenge Reg-BI, Into the Weeds on Form CRS, NY Updates Privacy Laws, Share Class Selection Violations Reach Private Funds and FINRA Arbitration Puzzle – Custodian Liable for Unaffiliated Adviser Conduct: Regulatory Update for October 2019

Risk Alert on Principal and Agency Cross Transactions. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a risk alert warning advisers about cross trading compliance issues under Section…

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….

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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…

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…

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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…