RegEd Revolutionizes Producer and Adjuster Licensing Maintenance with Fully Automated Credentialing Data Management Solution

RegEd Revolutionizes Producer and Adjuster Licensing Maintenance with Fully Automated Credentialing Data Management Solution

RegEd, the leading provider of Licensing and Registration technology solutions to the financial services industry, today announced that it has launched Alerts 2.0, a module of its Xchange Enterprise Licensing and Registration solution. Alerts 2.0, through integration with the NIPR Producer Database (“PDB”), will significantly expand the range of data for which firms can receive automated change notifications and systematized, timely reconciliation of changes with the firm’s back-end database.

“Maintaining accurate, up-to-date individual and agency information can quickly become overwhelming for insurers and distributors. With the sheer volume of daily updates, it’s impossible to maintain current records across the firm’s population using a manual process. At the same time, as regulator focus on this process intensifies, inaccurate information can lead to significant consequences,” commented Jacob Spitzley, Senior Product Manager at RegEd. He continued, “Automated monitoring and data reconciliation offer firms a significant reduction in the time and resources required to manually check the PDB for relevant changes, and instill confidence that the firm’s records are consistently synchronized with the official filing office record.”

Using Alerts 2.0 insurers and distributors can automatically identify changes, and then reconcile and synchronize those changes with the firm’s back-end database.

Dani Fields-Damato, Vice President, Marsh USA Inc., which beta tested the solution, commented, “RegEd Alerts 2.0 will increase efficiency and reduce our spending on PDB reports. The service notifies us of data changes as they occur on the PDB, and allows our licensing team to review and sync the data with the touch of a button. The saved PDB reports, audit history, and data comparison features make this functionality a must-have.”

For carriers, Alerts 2.0 will automatically update licensing data without the need to rely on individuals or distributors for updates. Distributors will benefit from automatic notifications on appointments. In the event that producers are appointed by carriers that are not approved or do not have sell agreements, Xchange will notify the distributors immediately, enabling them to take corrective action.

RegEd will host invitation-only webinars in June to demonstrate the unique, innovative capabilities of Alerts 2.0. For webinar information please contact sales@reged.com.

About RegEd

RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers.  RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk. 

RegEd to Showcase Innovations in Insurance Licensing Appointment and Onboarding Technology at NIPR Insurance Summit 2016

RegEd to Showcase Innovations in Insurance Licensing, Appointment and Onboarding Technology at NIPR Insurance Summit 2016

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance and credentialing solutions to the financial services industry, will highlight recent additions to its licensing, appointment and registration solutions portfolio at the upcoming Insurance Summit 2016. The event, to be held May 16-20 in Kansas City, is presented jointly by the NAIC and NIPR.

“Events like the Insurance Summit give us the opportunity to engage with our customers and the industry, to understand and anticipate changes to their business needs,” commented Stephanie Buchanan, Chief Client Officer, RegEd. “That interaction is invaluable to the ongoing innovation that’s required to ensure that our solutions continue to meet the demands of our customers.”

The Insurance Summit combines NAIC and NIPR resources in a premier conference for insurance professionals, merging the E-Reg Conference, TechEx, Financial Summit, Market Regulation Summit, PIO Forum, CIPR Symposium and Continuing Legal Education Seminar into a single weeklong event. During the conference, RegEd representatives will highlight the firm’s innovative enterprise solutions for contracting/onboarding, appointment processing and credentialing management, including:

Contracting/Onboarding

RegEd Contracting/Onboarding automates the contracting/onboarding process for producers and reps.  The solution automatically triggers the background investigation and configurable workflows automate FINRA submissions and fulfillment of licensing, registration and compliance requirements.  RegEd Contracting/Onboarding enables firms to free internal resources from the burden of manual oversight of the contracting/onboarding process, reduce time-to-market for new producers and reps, and improve the accuracy of data entry.

Xchange Smart Appointments

Smart Appointments enables straight-through appointment processing based on the firm’s unique business rules. End-to-end automation of the appointment lifecycle supports high acceptance rates, reduces time-to-market and enables valuable licensing operations to focus on exception transactions and spend less time overseeing and managing the process.

Xchange Alerts 2.0

Alerts 2.0 enables insurers and distributors to automatically identify changes to individual and agency information, and then reconcile and synchronize changes with the firm’s individual / agency database. Firms benefit from a significant reduction in time and resources required to manually check the PDB for relevant changes, while instilling confidence that the firm’s producer records match the official filing office record.

About RegEd

RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers.  RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk.

Regulators and Industry Experts Address Key Trends and Challenges at Fifth Annual RegEd Compliance Alliance Conference

Regulators and Industry Experts Address Key Trends and Challenges at Fifth Annual RegEd Compliance Alliance Conference

Financial services compliance, licensing and registration, and operations professionals assembled at the fifth annual RegEd Compliance Alliance (RCA) conference to share best practices, build critical knowledge across a range of topics, and engage with regulators and industry experts. The event was held April 18-20 in Charleston, SC and was attended by more than 150 representatives from financial services firms, regulatory agencies, consultancies, and law firms. The conference focused on issues and topics of critical concern for the attendees, including:

  • The DOL Fiduciary Rule and its potential impact on the industry: The recently issued rulemaking expands the definition of “fiduciary” to include individuals who provide retirement investment advice to investors in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other investment accounts not covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), requiring that investment advice be offered solely based on the best interest of the client. The rule will impact the retirement advice industry and change the manner in which advisors provide retirement recommendations to their clients and get paid for such advice. Significant compliance implications are expected in, among other areas, conflicts of interest disclosures, fee- vs. commission-based models, variable annuities and IRA sales, as well as potential customer account repapering requirements based on business decisions made by the firm.
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest: FINRA’s 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter cited firm culture and effective conflicts of interest management as key areas of focus for 2016, and was followed by a February targeted exam letter that confirmed the attention of the regulator on the issue of “cultural values” and conflicts management. Efficiently managing conflicts of interest requires compliance professionals to understand and implement best practices for tracking, monitoring, and disclosing conflicts of interest, including outside business activities, gifts and entertainment, and political contributions. Firms must also establish rigorous internal controls for effective resolution of conflicts and risk mitigation.
  • Cybersecurity: Identified as a top criminal priority by the FBI, preventing cyber intrusions is at the forefront of consumer protection and security concerns in the financial services industry. Compliance and IT professionals must have the latest information related to issues of cybersecurity resources, compliance, risk analysis, policies and procedures, pitfalls, response plans, and best practices to help protect the organization and consumers from cyber threats.

Commenting on RCA 2016, John Schobel, RegEd Chief Executive Officer said, “It was wonderful to have our clients gather in beautiful historic Charleston to spend time with the RegEd team and hear from industry experts and regulators, who shared their insights and practical guidance.”  Schobel continued, “Equipped with new knowledge and best practices, conference participants are better prepared to tackle their most pressing challenges in today’s demanding business and regulatory environment.”

During the conference RegEd announced the expansion of RegEd SCORE® to include SCORE Rep Dashboard, which enables firms to provide registered representatives with a clear, consolidated view of individual compliance requirements. With SCORE Rep Dashboard firms can streamline compliance for the firm’s registered population, improve frontline defense against non-compliance exposure, and demonstrate a culture of compliance and commitment to consumer protection.

About RegEd

RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers.  RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk.

RegEd Completes 3 Million Submissions on Compliance Questionnaires Solution

RegEd Completes 3 Million Submissions on Compliance Questionnaires Solution

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance and risk management technology to broker-dealers and other financial services firms, today announced that its Compliance Questionnaires solution has achieved the milestone of processing 3 million submissions, enabling its broker-dealer clients to efficiently manage their compliance programs.  Today, Compliance Questionnaires is used by more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers.

RegEd’s Compliance Questionnaires is an enterprise application and part of RegEd’s Compliance and Audit Management platform.  As a core module addressing FINRA compliance regulation, Compliance Questionnaires leverages the platform’s robust workflow engine, enabling firms to design complex workflows that mirror their best practices, and includes multiple reviewer, approval and sign-off stages. In addition, the solution seamlessly integrates with FINRA WebEFT, enabling registered representatives to affirmatively attest to the accuracy of their U4 data on file.

“Integral to maintaining a strong compliance program is the ability to identify and analyze deficiencies and outliers across the representative population and report on the results,” stated Ann Robinson, Senior Vice President, RegEd, and a former senior compliance officer at a large broker-dealer. “For firms with hundreds or thousands of registered representatives, readily identifying and addressing deficiencies before they cause the firm harm is akin to looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.”

RegEd’s Compliance Questionnaires provides a robust set of integrated, workflow-driven enterprise tools that enable firms to initiate, distribute and track annual compliance questionnaires required by FINRA and address and report on critical compliance deficiencies before risk materializes. A fully configurable solution, Compliance Questionnaires can be specifically tailored to meet firm requirements and enables firms to be fully responsive to document requests from internal stakeholders and regulators, demonstrating a culture of compliance.

"RegEd solutions are implemented in hundreds of broker-dealers, serving hundreds of thousands of advisors, providing us unique insight into the specific challenges the industry faces on a daily basis,” stated John M. Schobel, CEO and Founder, RegEd. “Our clients depend on RegEd’s Compliance Questionnaires solution to reduce non-compliance gaps, eliminate time-consuming and suboptimal processes, and maintain good standing with FINRA regulations.”

Schobel continued, “Achieving the milestone of 3 million compliance questionnaire submissions illustrates the dependability and effectiveness of RegEd solutions. Implementing innovative technology that keeps our clients out in front of increasing compliance demands is a key driver at RegEd. We continue to look for ways to leverage technology to pinpoint potential risk and enable more efficient operations.”

About RegEd 

RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers. RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk.

Leading GRC Analyst Evaluates RegEd’s CODE Enterprise Platform for Regulatory Change Management and other Core Compliance Functions

Leading GRC Analyst Evaluates RegEd's CODE Enterprise Platform for Regulatory Change Management and other Core Compliance Functions

RegEd, a leading provider of compliance technology to the financial services industry, has published an Analyst Report from GRC 20/20 Research, an independent analyst of governance, risk management, and compliance solutions (GRC). The report, authored by Michael Rasmussen, President of GRC 20/20, offers an objective evaluation of the CODE enterprise platform based on an extensive technical capabilities assessment and in-depth interviews with RegEd clients. The report describes CODE as delivering "an integrated and harmonized architecture to manage compliance in the context of today’s demanding requirements," and commends RegEd’s subject matter expertise as indicative of an “intimate understanding of regulatory change, particularly for financial services.”

Remarking on the report, Mr. Rasmussen said, “Firms across the financial services sector face a daunting challenge in managing regulatory change. The volume of new and changed rules and regulations continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, while assessing the impact each change will have on the business becomes more complex.” Rasmussen continued, “Against this backdrop, firms that rely on a manual, document-centric approach to monitoring and managing regulatory changes are bound to fall short. Organizations must have a systematic process for managing regulatory changes and a holistic view of compliance that extends to areas including policies and procedures, regulatory exams, and incidents and complaints. Based on our evaluation, CODE provides a framework for managing these critical compliance processes and enables RegEd clients to improve efficiency and manage non-compliance risk.”

The report offers a distillation of RegEd customer insight, including the factors that typically result in selection of the CODE platform. “Most RegEd clients that GRC 20/20 has researched and interviewed moved to the CODE solution because they found their manual, document-centric approaches consumed too many compliance resources, and, as a result, compliance obligations were slipping through cracks in the continuous barrage of regulatory change. Other organizations moved to CODE because their existing compliance management solutions were too rigid and lacked the agility to adapt or could not address the entire compliance process,” the report states. It continues, “RegEd clients choose the CODE platform for its workflow and task management capabilities, price, accuracy of regulatory information, and ease of use, which helps drive ready adoption across the organization.”

In the report, Mr. Rasmussen outlines the core capabilities of CODE that facilitate management of regulatory change, policies and procedures, regulatory exams and incidents/complaints. Among those cited as “foundational capabilities” are the solution’s high degree of configurability, integrated proprietary regulatory intelligence, sophisticated workflow and task management, enterprise reporting and dashboards, audit trails, document management, and robust functionality supporting compliance questionnaires, assessments and surveys.

Based on in-depth interviews with RegEd clients, the report summarizes the benefits that have been realized by firms as a result of utilizing the CODE platform. Among other outcomes, the author cites significant efficiencies in time gained through automation of workflow and tasks, improved accuracy and uniformity of compliance information, enhanced accountability and ownership of compliance responsibilities and streamlined relevance/impact analysis of regulatory changes.  In addition, RegEd clients indicated CODE enables increased transparency and visibility into the status of compliance tasks and audit trails that support a defensible, evidence-based approach to compliance that regulators demand. The report concludes, “GRC 20/20 finds that RegEd CODE provides the greatest value in managing the lifecycle of compliance information across regulations, policies, incidents, and exams. As many organizations respond to growing regulatory requirements exposure they are finding the need for a solution to automate the lifecycle of compliance across these areas.”

“We’re happy to have the value that CODE delivers validated by RegEd’s customers and further confirmed by independent research,” said Debra Freitag, Chief Strategy Officer at RegEd. She continued, “As organizations move beyond manual approaches to compliance and look to reinforce their enterprise GRC architecture, we’re confident that CODE represents a solution that uniquely combines deep domain expertise with robust enterprise technology, providing unparalleled benefits in compliance management efficiency and effectiveness.”

 
About RegEd

RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers.  RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk.

RegEd to Showcase Solutions That Enable a Culture of Compliance at the 2016 NSCP National Conference

RegEd to Showcase Solutions That Enable a Culture of Compliance at the 2016 NSCP National Conference

RegEd, the leading provider of compliance technology solutions to the financial services industry, is pleased to announce its participation in the 2016 National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 16-19, 2016.

The NSCP National Conference offers more than 70 sessions, covering topics that are relevant to investment advisers, broker-dealers, private funds and investment companies. The conference agenda will focus on new regulatory developments, enforcement trends, regulatory examinations, compliance best practices and the practical implementation of compliance policies and procedures. There will also be a significant focus on the recent DOL fiduciary rule and its implications for the industry.

RegEd representatives will be on-site during the conference to highlight the firm’s innovative enterprise compliance solutions, and discuss the ways in which they support a robust culture of compliance:

DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance: Courses that enable firms to effectively train employees on the requirements of the fiduciary rule, and technology solutions for monitoring and managing compliance across the organization.

Conflicts of Interest Management: 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.

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

Ann Robinson, Senior Vice President, RegEd, and former compliance officer with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, will speak on the topic, Managing the RFP Process for Vendor Solutions. The session will cover the front-to-back RFP process, including management’s role, liability issues, responsibilities and best practices when evaluating a vendor solution. Robinson stated, "The NSCP National Conference offers an educational forum to discuss regulatory hot topics and share best practices. This year the program includes a conference track focused specifically on the new DOL rule and its potential impact. RegEd representatives will address the ways in which training and technology can effectively prepare firms to deal with the requirements of the rule.”

RegEd is exhibiting at the conference and can be located at Booth 42 in the main exhibit hall of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. For more information on RegEd or its attendance at the 2016 NSCP National Conference, please call 800-334-8322 or email sales@reged.com.

About RegEd

RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers.  RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk. 

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