Gryphon Investors to Acquire RegEd, Inc.

Gryphon Investors (“Gryphon”), a San Francisco-based middle-market private equity firm, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire RegEd, Inc. (“RegEd” or “the Company”), the leading provider of compliance and regulatory management services for insurance companies, broker-dealers, banks, and other financial services companies. Founder and CEO John Schobel and other members of RegEd’s management team, as well as current majority owner Falfurrias Capital Partners, will retain an equity ownership in the Company. Mark Schlageter, Gryphon Executive Advisory Board Member and former Thomson Reuters Chief Customer Officer, will be the Chairman of RegEd. The transaction closed on December 20, 2018 and financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, RegEd provides SaaS-based enterprise solutions through a suite of over 25 separate software modules to more than 200 blue-chip customers, including 80% of the top 25 financial services firms. RegEd’s comprehensive suite of compliance automation, regulatory change management, and licensing and registration software solutions is focused on the broker-dealer, insurance, and banking end markets, and has broader corporate compliance applications as well.

Alex Earls, Partner and head of the Business Services Group at Gryphon, said, “RegEd is a strong fit with our ongoing initiative focused on investing in market leading businesses within the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (“GRC”) sector. John Schobel and his management team have built a high-quality business and we are excited to partner with them to support the Company’s continued growth both organically and through acquisitions.”

Mr. Schlageter, who has partnered with Gryphon since 2017 and is a recognized expert in GRC SaaS, added, “RegEd has consistently proven that it drives discernible value with its customers via technological approaches to compliance that are cutting edge. RegEd’s mission critical workflow-embedded solutions provide customers a positive ROI, resulting in high levels of customer stickiness and a strong platform for future innovation and growth. I very much look forward to working with John Schobel and his team.”

Mr. Schobel stated, “We are very excited for RegEd’s next phase. Gryphon has a demonstrated legacy of partnering with its portfolio companies to help them successfully achieve their next stage of growth. With nearly 20 years of creating solutions to help our clients manage compliance, mitigate risk, and drive efficiency in their operations, we know there is an even greater opportunity to serve our clients and industry. Gryphon is the ideal partner to help us achieve that vision.”

Evercore and Baird served as financial advisors to Gryphon and Raymond James acted as the exclusive financial advisor to RegEd. Morrison & Foerster, LLP acted as the legal advisor to Gryphon and McGuire Woods acted as the legal advisor to RegEd.

About RegEd
RegEd is the market-leading provider of RegTech enterprise solutions with relationships with hundreds of enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 financial services firms.

Established in 2000 by former regulators, the company is recognized for continuous regulatory technology innovation with solutions hallmarked by workflow-directed processes, data integration, regulatory intelligence, automated validations, business process automation, and compliance dashboards. The aggregate drives the highest levels of operational efficiency and enables our clients to cost-effectively comply with regulations and continuously mitigate risk.

Trusted by the nation’s top financial services firms, RegEd’s proven, holistic approach to RegTech meets firms where they are on the compliance and risk management continuum, scaling as their needs evolve and amplifying the value proposition delivered to clients. For more information, please visit www.reged.com.

About Gryphon Investors
Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors (www.gryphoninvestors.com) is a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management teams. The firm has managed over $4.5 billion of equity investments and capital since 1997. Gryphon targets making equity investments of $50 million to $200 million in portfolio companies with sales ranging from approximately $100 million to $500 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form strong partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, specialized professional resources, and operational expertise.

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Advertising Review: Is Your Marketing Collateral Review Process 17a-4 Compliant

Is Your Marketing Collateral Review Process 17a-4 Compliant?

RegEd’s Advertising Review solution is built to support firm’s marketing collateral approval process. In addition to robust workflows, Advertising Review is designed with compliance in mind including Worm and D3P support per SEC requirements.

Many regulations imposed by FINRA and the SEC have to do with the archiving of electronically stored information (ESI). Therefore, to ensure compliance firms are required to archive all necessary ESI. However, just archiving the data is not enough. SEC Rule 17a-4 mandates it must be archived in the proper format to meet compliance standards.

Write Once Read Many (WORM)

WORM describes a data storage device in which information, once written, cannot be modified, overwritten or deleted. This write protection affords the assurance that the data cannot be tampered with once it is written to the device.

The SEC defines which books and records to WORM such as purchase and sale documents, customer records, associated person records, customer complaints, and certain other matters. Additionally Rule 17a-3 and Rule 17a-4 specify minimum requirements with respect to these records that broker-dealers must make, and how long those records and other documents must be kept. 

Designated Third Party (D3P)

Broker-Dealers are required to have at least one Designated Third Party (D3P) Compliance Provider for each electronic records archive. RegEd’s D3P service bridges the compliance gap.

D3Ps agree that in the event of the failure or inability of the Broker-Dealer to download requested records, they will undertake that effort to provide to the requesting regulatory or legal body. As your designated D3P provider, RegEd will take the lead on providing the records it holds for you as your WORM storage provider and supply them to regulators if you cannot do so.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

It’s concerning how many firms fall into non-compliance with existing regulations. FINRA is becoming more and more focused on imposing fines and penalties. In 2017 FINRA fined 12 firms for a total of $14.4 million for, “…significant deficiencies relating to the preservation of broker-dealer and customer records in a format that prevents alteration.”

In a statement about the sanctions, the SEC pointed to the importance of record keeping in protecting investors, saying that records are the “primary means of monitoring compliance with applicable securities laws, including anti-fraud provisions and financial responsibility standards.” FINRA further explains how WORM storage is critical due to the increased volume of sensitive data being stored electronically.

WORM Compliance with Advertising Review

RegEd offers a robust, scalable, and configurable WORM storage solution that enables firms to fulfill their books and records obligations.

RegEd’s Advertising Review WORM storage device offers the ability to automate retention events and periods based upon workflow configuration within the application to ensure your data is captured at the required points of submission, revision and approval. Once deployed with your firm, no additional steps must be taken to ensure your data is sent to the WORM storage device with its appropriate metadata and attachments. 

Even if your firm’s marketing team uses a different front-end to create content, Advertising Review can easily integrate with APIs to automatically push content to the compliance review process where final approved files can be properly stored in a WORM compliant format.

Stay Compliant

Using a product like RegEd’s Advertising Review ensures firms interweave compliance within their processes. Compliance is always more cost effective & protective of your business reputation than alternative fines and sanctions. Firms that research, understand, and apply best practices in their marketing collateral review process avoid negative publicity and profit-loss.

RegEd to Showcase Enterprise Compliance Solutions at 2018 NSCP National Conference

RegEd to Showcase Enterprise Compliance Solutions at 2018 NSCP National Conference

Attendees will learn how RegEd enables hundreds of clients to efficiently meet compliance obligations associated with conflicts of interest, advertising review, branch audits, employee risk monitoring, onboarding and licensing and registration

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance technology solutions to the financial services industry, is pleased to announce its participation in the 2018 National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) National Conference in Atlanta, GA, on October 29-31, 2018.

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive educational offerings within the securities compliance industry, the NSCP National Conference offers more than 60 sessions, covering topics that are relevant to investment advisers, broker-dealers, private funds and investment companies. This year, the conference agenda will focus on recent regulatory developments and hot-topics such as enforcement trends, cybersecurity, and compliance best practices.

“Regulators are increasingly holding firms accountable for maintaining a holistic program for rigorous rep supervision. At the same time, the war for talent acquisition and retention creates pressure to deliver a seamless rep experience when it comes to compliance,” stated John M. Schobel, CEO & Founder of RegEd. “As a result, we see the industry moving toward a single platform approach that delivers a comprehensive set of tools to manage compliance, automates risk identification and delivers a simplified user experience. We look forward to the chance to meet with attendees and discuss the ways that RegEd enables our clients to manage these challenges.”

RegEd representatives will be on-site during the conference to highlight the firm’s innovative enterprise compliance solutions:

Advertising Review: Streamlines the end-to-end processes for advertising and customer communication submission, review, collaboration and approval, reducing time to market for marketing and sales initiatives. The solution fully supports SEC 17(a)-4 compliance.

Branch Audits: Enables firms to fully plan, schedule, conduct, resolve and report on branch audits. Significantly reduces manual and paper-driven processes, creating a seamless and efficient end-to-end process for branch audit reviews.

Conflicts of Interest: Integrated solutions that enable firms to seamlessly monitor, identify and remedy conflicts of interest and code of conduct issues among the firm’s registered population. Includes expanded, industry-leading capabilities to manage Gifts, Gratuities & Contributions.

Onboarding, Licensing and Registration: Unified solution is powered by an extensive compliance rules engine, and enables firms to seamlessly manage and track representatives’ licensing and registration, compliance and education requirements. Data-reuse, automatic validations, and complex hierarchy management simplify onboarding across distribution channels.

RegEd SCORE® Risk Control Center: Configurable compliance dashboards deliver clear, comprehensive views into the status of compliance requirements at the company level or specific to the individual.

RegEd is exhibiting at the conference and can be located at Booth #8 in the main exhibit hall of the Omni Atlanta Hotel. For more information on RegEd or its attendance at the 2018 NSCP National Conference, please call 800-334-8322 or email sales@reged.com.

RegEd Compliance Thought Leaders to Participate in 29th Annual SILA National Education Conference

RegEd Compliance Thought Leaders to Participate in 29th Annual SILA National Education Conference

RegEd subject matter experts will contribute to multiple conference sessions and will be considered for awards in recognition of leadership and service to the Industry

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance technology solutions to the financial services industry, including Xchange, the market-leading Enterprise Licensing and Registration solution, will participate in the 2018 SILA National Education Conference in Indianapolis, IN on Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2018.

The conference will provide more than 40 substantive sessions and an educational forum for attendees to address current industry challenges, discuss licensing and registration best practices, and build their overall compliance knowledge. John M. Schobel, RegEd CEO & Founder, stated, "RegEd has supported the SILA mission for nearly two decades and had the honor of receiving the Organization of the Year Award at last year’s annual conference. We look forward to continuing our committed partnership and support of SILA’s commendable charitable initiatives.”

A number of RegEd compliance thought leaders and subject matter experts are nominated for SILA awards and will participate in sessions during the conference. Margie Webber, Governance Chair on the SILA Board of Directors and a Senior Member of RegEd's Regulatory Affairs Group, will facilitate the Securities Open Forum discussion and will moderate the Legislative Update Panel. Ann Robinson has been nominated for the Bruce Saenger Education Award, for which nominees demonstrate a passion for insurance and/or securities related education topics including pre-licensing/pre-registration, continuing education, and professional development. Susan Boles, RegEd Senior Regulatory Compliance Analyst, is a nominee for the President’s Award, which recognizes a highly involved and tireless member with line-specific concentrations. In addition, Boles will be facilitating the Adjuster Open Forum.

During the conference, RegEd will feature enterprise solutions for credentialing, contracting/onboarding and appointment processing:

Alerts 2.0: The industry’s only fully automated licensing data reconciliation and management solution.

Onboarding / Contracting Automation: Eliminates manual oversight of the onboarding / contracting process.

Credentialing Validation: Real-time validations with order entry / trading systems and regulatory and industry gateways.

Smart Appointments: Enables straight-through appointment processing based on the firm's unique business rules.

RegEd representatives will be onsite to meet with conference attendees to understand their compliance and licensing challenges, and discuss solutions that enable firms to meet compliance requirements and proactively manage their compliance program and licensing operations. RegEd booths 22 and 23 will be located in the White River Ballroom of the JW Marriott.

About RegEd

RegEd is the market-leading provider of RegTech enterprise solutions with relationships with hundreds of enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 financial services firms.

Established in 2000 by former regulators, the company is recognized for continuous regulatory technology innovation with solutions hallmarked by workflow-directed processes, data integration, regulatory intelligence, automated validations, business process automation and compliance dashboards. The aggregate drives the highest levels of operational efficiency and enables our clients to cost-effectively comply with regulations and continuously mitigate risk.

Trusted by the nation’s top financial services firms, RegEd’s proven, holistic approach to RegTech meets firms where they are on the compliance and risk management continuum, scaling as their needs evolve and amplifying the value proposition delivered to clients.

RegEd to Showcase Enterprise Compliance Management Solutions at AICP Annual Conference 2018

RegEd to Showcase Enterprise Compliance Management Solutions at AICP Annual Conference 2018

Annual conference is the premier event for insurance compliance professionals, attracting more than 700 attendees

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance technology solutions to insurance companies, broker-dealers and other financial services firms, is pleased to announce its participation in the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals’ (AICP) Annual Conference 2018 in Nashville, TN, Sept. 23-26, 2018.

The 31st AICP Annual Conference will host over 700 insurance compliance professionals from Property and Casualty and Life and Health companies. The program will offer more than 60 educational sessions including the evolving regulatory environment, cybersecurity, and market conduct. Presenters and panelists include senior compliance executives from leading insurers, as well as subject matter experts and industry regulators.  Michael Pouliot, Senior Vice President, Sales, RegEd, will moderate a panel discussion on “The Compliance Department of the Future,” where panelists will discuss NAIC innovation and technology initiatives and working groups exploring the impact of innovation and advanced technologies on compliance programs. The discussion will also showcase some of the technology programs underway at the Virginia Bureau of Insurance.

During the conference RegEd will showcase its Enterprise Compliance Management Platform. The platform supports an integrated suite of compliance management solutions, including:

  • Regulatory Change Management. Facilitates a workflow-enabled, closed loop process that provides insurers with everything they need to be aware of, comply with, and demonstrate compliance with relevant regulatory changes. 
  • Policies and Procedures Management.  Fully manage the development, approval cycle and management of policies and procedures across their lifecycle.
  • Consumer Complaint Management. Systematically capture, track and manage the resolution of consumer complaints.
  • Market Conduct Exam Management. Enables firms to effectively prepare for and efficiently manage tasks related to market conduct exams, significantly reducing the time and resource commitment required during a market conduct exam.

“The effective management of Regulatory Change, Policies and Procedures and Consumer Complaints is the cornerstones of a strong compliance program,” commented Debra Freitag, Chief Strategy Officer at RegEd. “Technology-enabled processes ensure that the compliance loop is closed on requirements implementation and complaints resolution, while capturing audit trails that provide evidence of compliance to examiners.”

RegEd representatives will be on-site to meet with conference attendees to understand their compliance challenges and discuss solutions that enable insurers and other financial services firms to meet compliance requirements and proactively manage their compliance program.

The RegEd conference exhibit will be located at booth #112 in the conference’s main exhibitor hall at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. For more information on RegEd or its attendance at the AICP Annual Conference, please call 800-334-8322 or email sales@reged.com.

About RegEd

RegEd is the market-leading provider of RegTech enterprise solutions with relationships with hundreds of enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 financial services firms.

Established in 2000 by former regulators, the company is recognized for continuous regulatory technology innovation with solutions hallmarked by workflow-directed processes, data integration, regulatory intelligence, automated validations, business process automation and compliance dashboards. The aggregate drives the highest levels of operational efficiency and enables our clients to cost-effectively comply with regulations and continuously mitigate risk.

Trusted by the nation’s top financial services firms, RegEd’s proven, holistic approach to RegTech meets firms where they are on the compliance and risk management continuum, scaling as their needs evolve and amplifying the value proposition delivered to clients.

Advertising Review: 4 Ways to get the Most From Your-Reports

4 Ways to get the Most From Your Reports

Reports show trends on how well your firm did in the past, as well as what’s coming down the pike. These are key factors that drive success for the firm. Information provided by reports is especially important in today’s compliance environment, where it’s critical to be proactive instead of reactive.

To make the most of RegEd’s Advertising Review reporting capabilities, follow these proven steps to improve your process.

1. Determine what's important to your firm

Executives consider reporting vital to find answers to questions regarding their business.

Start by asking questions at the top. When prototyping your reports, it’s important to first define what executives (especially your CCO and CEO) want to see. Are they concerned about turnaround time or just general data regarding the advertising review compliance process? What are their key metrics? What behaviors do they want to encourage or discourage?

Align with your team’s vision. Take your business goals and map those metrics to the capabilities of Advertising Review reports. For example, if the firm wants to know how long a certain item takes to be reviewed, pull the turnaround time report. Or use the Search All Requests tool to create custom reports based on a variety of metrics – including timeframes, standard metadata fields, FINRA-specific fields, and custom metadata fields.

2. Capture the right data

Your reports are only as good as the data behind them. Planning and setup are the keys to capturing the right metrics. The RegEd implementation process takes data in to consideration during the workflow creation process, but sometimes years have passed since a firm has reviewed their setup. If you’re just about to start an implementation, be sure to look at your custom fields and configurations to see if it will provide the reports you want. If your workflow is well established, it may be a good time to audit your process to find ways to optimize. In either event, we suggest working backwards – plan your reports first and then configure the application accordingly.

Keep your scope focused and only measure what matters. Pick a limited number of key performance indicators and metrics. A third-party survey of the number of metrics used by CEO’s showed that over half use only 5–10 metrics to manage their entire firm. It is also a good idea to limit the number of reports. Focus on those tied to specific business objectives.

3. Create your reports

Most firms start with existing reports from previous applications or processes as a baseline. As you begin to build workflows, and subsequently your reports in Advertising Review, there are several resources to help you get started.

Begin with standard reports. Advertising Review offers standard reports across all versions. See the following standard the filtering options. Note that not all reports have the same filtering options.

  • Completion Date: Allows for filtering based on date values (YTD, Last 12 months, etc.). Use this to target important data.
  • Grouping Options: How should reports be grouped? This filter will be report-specific and could include status, originator, branch, and/or format.
  • Rep Attributes: Filter by up to four (4) different rep attributes such as title, position, or hire date (as well as many more).

Next take a look at the Search All Requests reports tool. This allows you to create ad hoc reports using over 25 standard metrics as well as any custom metadata fields in your workflows. Configure, save, export, and repeat as often as needed. Don't reinvent the wheel! Talk with your Relationship Manager to see what other firms have implemented and learn more about best practices so that you and your team are working with data that helps you make more informed decisions.

4. Use data to drive behavior and produce results

Reports are designed to be iterative, it’s important to keep them current and relevant. To successfully roll out business metrics, good communication is key. Use the My Reports feature to easily find your favorite reports.

Manage from the top down. Encourage managers to run meetings directly from their reports. Many customers also have the following mandate for compliance and marketing: “If it’s not in Ad Review, then it doesn’t exist.” This directive proves to be extremely motivating for teams.

Finally, engage your user community. Don’t make the mistake of tracking metrics only at the executive level, make sure your users can access the reports that are important to them. What do your users want to see? What will help them do their jobs faster and smarter? Those are the metrics that matter.

RegEd CEO & Founder to Speak at FSI Forum in Salt Lake City, Utah

RegEd CEO & Founder to Speak at FSI Forum in Salt Lake City, Utah

John M. Schobel will speak as part of the event’s Executive Track, on the topic of innovation and automation in the financial services industry

Financial services professionals will gather at the FSI Forum at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 24-26 to discuss the foremost challenges facing advisors and executives in the industry. RegEd CEO & Founder John M. Schobel will speak at the event, on the topic of technology innovation and automation, and how technology will impact the industry in the future.

The FSI Forum is an in-depth, issues-focused educational conference that includes both advisor-focused and firm executive-focused sessions, built by and for their members. At FSI Forum 2018, attendees will be given the chance to network and engage with their peers from across the independent financial services industry, in educational sessions and discussions focused on the hottest issues facing advisors and executives.

Mr. Schobel will speak as part of the panel, Innovation & Automation to Increase Service Levels & Profit Margins, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. “Leveraging new technology, the compliance and operations functions can evolve to deliver new levels of value creation and competitive advantage. Technologies such as Robotic Process Automation and AI automate repetitive, routine and manual tasks, enabling compliance resources to undertake higher value activities and increase the quality of their contribution to the business. I look forward to discussing this topic with my fellow panelists,” he stated.

The session will address ways that companies are using these new technologies to simplify business submissions, improve service levels, reduce NIGOs (not in good order) and increase profit margins. The session will also explore how companies can support the transition to new technologies and implement best practices for creating an optimized customer experience. In addition, the panelists will discuss how firms can combine technology with human interaction to preserve the value of advice, which is integral to continued industry growth.

To learn more about the FSI forum, please visit here. Registration is now open.

About RegEd

RegEd is the market-leading provider of RegTech enterprise solutions with relationships with hundreds of enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 financial services firms.

Established in 2000 by former regulators, the company is recognized for continuous regulatory technology innovation with solutions hallmarked by workflow-directed processes, data integration, regulatory intelligence, automated validations, business process automation and compliance dashboards. The aggregate drives the highest levels of operational efficiency and enables our clients to cost-effectively comply with regulations and continuously mitigate risk.

Trusted by the nation’s top financial services firms, RegEd’s proven, holistic approach to RegTech meets firms where they are on the compliance and risk management continuum, scaling as their needs evolve and amplifying the value proposition delivered to clients.

Efficiencies with Advertising Review’s Two-Way FINRA Integration

Efficiencies with Advertising Review's Two-Way FINRA Integration

Firms filing their advertisements with FINRA know how time consuming and cumbersome the process can be. Not only does the firm need to review collateral based on internal processes, but they also need to organize and send firm-approved files to FINRA based on FINRA 2210. FINRA offers two ways to initiate the review process – either manually through their web portal, or by integrating with its Advertising Review Electronic Files (AREF) system.

Since AREF was introduced with RegEd’s Advertising Review solution in 2010, firms had the ability to automate the sending process. As of the spring 2018 release, firms can now take advantage of full automation with our two-way integration – send and receive FINRA results, and automatically WORM content (for firms that have RegEd WORM enabled on their workflows). The enhancement provides a holistic solution for end-to-end FINRA filing support. See the following three most exciting features included with Advertising Review’s AREF integration.

Two-Way Integration

Use the built-in AREF integration to send content to FINRA and receive notifications when the status and letter are returned. We’ve done away with waiting or having to manually check FINRA’s portal to see if a decision was made. Advertising Review’s AREF integration takes care of that for you. Not only does it automatically WORM the content (when enabled), it retrieves the status and letter when a decision is made, and notifies the applicable user(s) by email.

FINRA AREF 1

Effortlessly Manage Multiple Filings per Submission

What happens if a file is returned with a status other than ‘OK’ or ‘LIMITED’? How can you track the progress of updating the collateral and resubmitting to FINRA? That’s easy with Advertising Review’s history log. Directly in the submissions, users can view the snapshot of FINRA correspondence. Then with a few clicks, users can dive deeper to view individual filings, fee estimates, current status, and more.

FINRA AREF 2

Actionable & Accurate Reporting

Due to FINRA’s 2210 requirements, it is important that firms adhere to the rule to avoid being penalized. One way RegEd’s Advertising Review solution makes this easier is with the dedicated FINRA report. In addition to metadata directly related to FINRA filings, the export includes result details, status information (including applicable dates), fee amounts, as well as any Additional Documentation notes included with the submission. The report provides firms the power and flexibility to mitigate or eliminate gaps in their FINRA filing process.

FINRA AREF

Not using RegEd’s Advertising Review solution? Contact sales@reged.com or 888.334.8322 today!

Already using RegEd’s Advertising Review solution but not AREF? Contact your Relationship Manager today to learn how to add it to your subscription.

The Future of Customer Communications Compliance

The Future of Customer Communications Compliance

We had a blast during the 2018 Advertising Review Client Advisory Board (CAB) meeting! A dozen of our clients and RegEd employees teamed up to review what’s coming down the pike for RegEd’s Advertising Review solution and the industry. During our nearly two-hour meeting, we discussed product features, played innovation games, and explored what the future of the industry could look like. See below for the top takeaways from this year’s session.

Third-Party Integrations

Over the past few years it has become more important than ever to have a fully holistic up- and down-stream review process. This includes connections with Marketing teams, Legal, and Subject Matter Experts (SME). Advertising Review has supported end-to-end compliance since its inception nearly 15 years ago – including integration with internal marketing and legal processes. However, firms are beginning to use a multitude of different software packages within the organization to satisfy siloed needs.

In 2016 Advertising Review started to bridge this gap when it released API web service integrations to allow different software to effortlessly communicate with Advertising Review. Several clients took advantage of this benefit by integrating internal systems, but we continued to receive requests to have turn-key connections with the most popular platforms used by other business groups in their organizations.

We were happy to announce during the CAB that we are indeed working throughout 2018 and 2019 to create “connectors” with other popular software products. Though we are not able to discuss details publicly at this time, please reach out to your Relationship Manager to provide feedback and suggested platforms to integrate with. If it is one we are currently working with, we will be sure to incorporate your ideas and recommendations.

Updated Reporting Metrics

It was clear that firms are consuming more and more data to help make better decisions throughout the compliance lifecycle. In doing so, it is vital that firms have access to reports to make their jobs more efficient. Advertising Review has always had actionable standard reports, and added the Search All Requests ad-hoc reporting tool in 2015.

The CAB members were given an opportunity to highlight other features they would like to see added to report functionality. In general, users would like to see additional filter metrics within the Search All Requests tool – mostly around attributes. CAB members went on to explain that using Rep Attributes that are fed into the RegEd system will help further refine their reports, such as submitter parameters like organizational status or individual distinctions.

The Advertising Review team is currently reviewing the specifications for an upcoming release. If you have any other report-specific suggestions, please reach out to your Relationship Manager.

Artificial Regulatory Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a buzz word that continues to float around the regulatory industry. Many have a hard time categorizing or articulating what it is and how it should intersect with the compliance industry. Without going into too much detail, it is important to have a general understanding of the concepts. There are essentially two types of AI: Narrow and General. Narrow is what most of us are aware of – Siri, Alexa, Spotify, Amazon Shopping suggestions, etc., – which are really good at one or two processes. While General AI is the belief that machines can function like a human brain and is very good at a multitude of actions, including learning.

After understanding the general definition of AI, most in the industry agree that Narrow AI is what will help streamline firm operations. The Advertising Review team is targeting a future release of an initial Artificial (Narrow) Intelligence feature. If you would like to collaborate on the process, please reach out to your Relationship Manager.

Excitement for 2018

Most of what is covered during CAB meetings are long-term goals, however, we also discussed what is coming in 2018. We have several exciting features including three large enhancements this year:

AREF 2.0: Two-way integration with FINRA’s AREF system. Letters and statuses are automatically ported back in to Advertising Review.

Expiration Extension: Ability to extend the life of a review item without having to copy, clone, or resubmit a submission.

All-New User Interface: Completely redesigned the user interface to improve the user experience by reducing number of clicks and creating a fully-responsive application on desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.

We’re excited about the future of Advertising Review and appreciate our client’s commitment to partner with us today and in the future. For more information, please continue to subscribe to our Did You Know emails and check for upcoming webinars and whitepapers.

Not using RegEd’s Advertising Review solution? Contact sales@reged.com or 888.334.8322 today!

Already using RegEd’s Advertising Review solution but not AREF? Contact your Relationship Manager today to learn how to add it to your subscription.

RegEd to Showcase Enterprise Platform Solution at 2018 FINRA Annual Conference

RegEd to Showcase Enterprise Platform Solution at 2018 FINRA Annual Conference

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how RegEd enables clients to efficiently meet obligations across compliance management, conflicts of interest, education, and licensing and registration processes

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance technology solutions to broker-dealers and other financial services firms, is pleased to announce its participation at the 2018 FINRA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, May 21-23, 2018.

FINRA's annual conference provides securities industry practitioners with guidance on regulatory priorities and addresses the compliance and regulatory issues investment advisers and broker-dealers face in today's evolving industry with interactive forums led by experienced industry veterans and regulators. The conference will offer a variety of sessions related to current trends in technology, cybersecurity, risk management and much more.

RegEd's CEO & Founder, John M. Schobel, stated, "The FINRA Annual Conference provides an important forum for regulators, industry firms and solution providers, like RegEd, to engage in dialog about key trends and critical compliance challenges."

Mr. Schobel continued, "As the industry continues to shift toward technology consolidation and a streamlined rep and user experience, firms have increasingly turned to RegEd because of our unique ability to comprehensively address a wide breadth of compliance challenges with a single enterprise solution. We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the value that RegEd’s enterprise platform delivers.”

During the conference RegEd will showcase its comprehensive platform capabilities and enterprise solutions, and discuss how it delivers the highest levels of efficiency, effectiveness and transparency across the enterprise, enabling firms to:

  • Consolidate vendors and applications to reduce complexity and overall cost of ownership.
  • Simplify the end-user experience to drive improved rep and user satisfaction.
  • Install enterprise-level reporting and dashboards for risk analysis to proactively identify negative trends, mitigate risk and demonstrate compliance.
  • Automate data entry, aggregation and reuse to reduce manual processes and human error.

RegEd representatives will be on-site to meet with conference attendees to understand their compliance challenges and discuss solutions that enable broker-dealers and other financial services firms to meet compliance requirements and proactively manage their compliance program.

The RegEd conference exhibit will be located at booth #16 in the conference’s main exhibitor hall at the Marriot Marquis Washington, DC. For more information on RegEd or its attendance at the FINRA Annual conference, please call 800-334-8322 or email sales@reged.com.

About RegEd

RegEd is the market-leading provider of RegTech enterprise solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 financial services firms. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is recognized for continuous regulatory technology innovation with solutions hallmarked by workflow-directed processes, data integration, regulatory intelligence, automated validations, business process automation and compliance dashboards. The aggregate drives the highest levels of operational efficiency and enables our clients to cost-effectively comply with regulations and continuously mitigate risk.

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