Market Conduct Exams: Best Practices to Ensure a Smooth Process and Stay Under the Radar for Future Examinations

By David Sheehan and Rebecca Vasquez, Esq. For an insurance company, the key objective of a market conduct examination (MCE) is to avoid it. As regulators pay more attention to problem areas, behaving well in the marketplace in the first place mitigates the chances of being examined. The No. 1 defense against an unscheduled market conduct examination is a documented and well managed compliance program, and companies that follow a few best practices find they […]

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Highlights From the SEC Municipal Advisor Risk Alert

The SEC has provided a Risk Alert to remind municipal advisors of their obligations and to raise awareness among Municipal Advisors (“MAs”) of the most often cited deficiencies and weaknesses observed in recent MA examinations.  Many of the same areas were covered in its 2017 Risk Alert, indicating that the SEC continues to note similar deficiencies as it did 5 years ago. Inaccurate or Incomplete Registrations and Filings The SEC found significant overlap in registration […]

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Securities Enforcement Trends Reflect Regulators’ Concerns for Investors

Securities regulators have stepped up enforcement to protect investors from emerging threats and evolving risks. From Reg BI to crypto to senior fraud, regulators have increased scrutiny and sanctions to punish violators and prevent future infractions. “Restoring trust in our financial markets and institutions requires the use of robust remedies,” Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said recently, in congressional testimony regarding the regulator’s enforcement priorities and budget request. “In addition […]

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Complying with Pay-to-Play Rules in an Election Year

This year’s mid-term elections pose a compliance challenge for registered investment advisory (RIA) firms. When it comes to politics, investment advisers and their covered associates can be as passionate as any voters. But “pay-to-play” rules prohibit advisers from making political donations that many other voters could. SEC Rule 206(4)-5 considers it to be unlawful for investment advisers to provide investment advisory services for compensation to a government entity within two years after a contribution to […]

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Top 5 Features from RegEd’s Enterprise Compliance Spring Release

RegEd recently rolled out dozens of exciting new features with our spring Enterprise Compliance platform release designed for financial services firms. Learn more about the top 5 features below!  Industry’s Largest IAR CE Offering  SCORM Compliant Courses  GGC’s Contact Directory Enhancements  Multiple Auditor Support  Compliance Questionnaire & Advertising Review Self-Service Tools  Industry’s Largest IAR CE Offering  In January, RegEd launched our Investment Adviser Representative CE solution to meet the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)’s […]

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5 SEC Examination Priorities for 2022

The SEC’s Division of Examinations’ exam priorities for fiscal year 2022 include standards of conduct as well as issues related to technology and investment products. “The Division will prioritize examinations of several significant focus areas that pose unique or emerging risks to investors or the markets, as well as examinations of core and perennial risk areas. Their importance to investors and the markets, coupled with the seriousness and frequency of observations in prior years’ examinations, […]

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Preparing your 2022 Firm Element Training Program – Step Two: the Written Training Plan

Adam Schaub Vice President, Platform Product Management RegEd, Inc. FINRA Rule 1240 requires each of its member firms to conduct an annual evaluation and prioritization of its registered persons’ training needs, develop a written training plan, and implement and track completion of that plan.  Our first article covered the Needs Analysis, and this article covers the second step, which is to develop your firm’s written training plan.  Similar to our guidance on the Needs Analysis, if […]

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Preparing your 2022 Firm Element Training Program – Step One: the Needs Analysis

Adam Schaub Vice President, Platform Product Management RegEd, Inc. It is that time of year again when firms have wrapped up their 2021 CE programs and are ready to reflect and plan their 2022 programs.  For many firms, this entails dusting off the 2021 Needs Analysis and Written Training Plan, and adjusting for the current year.  If planning Firm Element is a new task for you, it is recommended that you create a framework that […]

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SEC: Investment Advisers Can ‘Tailor’ Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures to Fit Their Business

Though the SEC has proposed requiring cybersecurity policies and procedures for investment advisers for the first time, it has also provided firms flexibility in addressing the general elements to be covered. “We recognize that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing cybersecurity risks. As a result, the proposed cybersecurity risk management rules would allow firms to tailor their cybersecurity policies and procedures to fit the nature and scope of their business and address their […]

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RegEd Experts to Bring Licensing Insights and Regulatory Updates to SILA Heartland Chapter Meeting

RegEd will share best practices in licensing and registration and relevant regulatory updates with Securities & Insurance Licensing Association members. At Wednesday’s SILA Heartland Chapter meeting, Michael Pouliot, head of sales for RegEd’s Enterprise Xchange Contracting, Licensing, and Registration solution, will offer SILA members ways to drive licensing and registration efficiencies that create a competitive advantage. Also, Brandi Brown, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for RegEd, will give a regulatory overview to attendees. SILA’s members include licensing […]

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