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NJ Joins Other States to Protect Seniors, NASAA Warns Smaller Advisers about Cybersecurity Risks, SEC Settles Valuation, Fund Expense & Wrap Fee Actions, and Advice on Returning to the Office: Regulatory Update for June 2020

New Jersey Adopts Its Own Senior Safe Legislation.  New Jersey recently joined Congress, more than 25 other states and FINRA by enacting a new financial exploitation law designed to protect…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Business Continuity | Conflicts of Interest | Custody | cybersecurity | Form ADV | Investment Adviser Regulation | Mutual Fund Regulation | Private Funds | SEC News

COVID-19 Tests Firms’ BCP Efforts and Regulators Step Up with Relief; Conflicts of Interest and Custody Rule Stay on SEC’s Radar Screen, and Resources for Dealing with the Pandemic: Regulatory Update for April 2020

Like many businesses and families, we at Hardin remain concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts to our clients, employees and the larger global community that connects us.  We…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Business Continuity | Conflicts of Interest | Form ADV | Form CRS | Mutual Funds | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC News | SEC Sweep Examinations

Coming Soon – Annual Form ADV Update for RIAs; SEC Answers More Questions on Reg BI and Form CRS FAQs, MA Leads the Pack by Adopting First State Fiduciary Standard Rule for Broker-Dealers, FINRA Wants to Know How Zero Commission Brokers are Making Money: Regulatory Update for March 2020

SEC Updates Reg BI FAQs. The SEC posted new FAQs to assist firms in complying with their obligations under Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”).  The new content covers what it…

Broker Dealer Regulation | Conflicts of Interest | cybersecurity | Form CRS | Investment Adviser Regulation | Private Funds | Regulation Best Interest | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC Examinations | Seniors and Vulnerable Investors

SEC & FINRA Set Exam Priorities; SEC Issues Cybersecurity Tips and FINRA Punishes Firms for UGMA and UTMA Failures: Regulatory Update for February 2020

OCIE Announces 2020 Examination Priorities. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2020 exam priorities on January 7, 2020.  OCIE’s priorities haven’t changed…

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SEC Agrees to Broaden Exemptions to New Issue and Spinning Rules; Comment Now on SEC Advertising and Cash Solicitation Rule Changes; CFTC Simplifies CPO/CTA Registration Exemptions; Actively-Managed ETFs Clear Regulatory Barrier: Regulatory Update for January 2020

SEC Approves Amendments to FINRA New Issue and Anti-Spinning Rules. See also: FINRA Amends Rules Regarding Initial Public Offerings.  Effective January 1, 2020, FINRA Rules 5130 and 5131 have been…

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 | 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…

12b-1 Fees | 529 plans | cryptocurrency | Custody | FINRA Rule Changes | Mutual Fund Regulation | Private Funds | Regulatory Deadlines | SEC News | SEC Rule changes

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…

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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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…