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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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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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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FINRA Publishes 2022 Report on Exam and Risk Monitoring Program

The newly released 2022 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program reflects an evolving securities industry. “Today’s securities industry landscape is highly dynamic in terms of business models, technologies, products, and compliance practices. This report looks at these significant changes through the lens of FINRA’s commitment to investor protection and market integrity so that firms’ compliance programs can benefit from our findings about emerging and ongoing issues,” stated Greg Ruppert, executive vice president, member supervision, in a […]

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SEC Cybersecurity Policy: New Rules for Investment Advisers Possible

The next evolution in SEC cybersecurity policy could come Wednesday when commissioners consider whether to propose new rules for registered investment advisers and investment companies. Commissioners will consider staff recommendations for addressing cybersecurity risk management for investment advisers and investment companies as one of the agenda items for their Feb. 9 meeting. The commission will also consider related amendments to certain rules regarding adviser and fund disclosures under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and […]

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RegEd Subject-Matter Experts to Share Regulatory Updates and Industry Insights at SILA Chapter Event

RegEd Representatives will Present at a Meeting of the Buckeye Chapter of the Securities & Insurance Licensing Association Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 25, 2022 —  RegEd will provide Securities & Insurance Licensing Association members with insights into the latest regulatory changes and trends, as well as opportunities, challenges and best practices impacting licensing and registration professionals in the financial services industry. At Wednesday’s SILA Buckeye Chapter meeting, Brandi Brown, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for […]

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FINRA CEO to SIFMA Audience: Protecting Investors and Addressing Workplace Evolution are Priorities for 2022

Investor protection remains atop FINRA’s priorities for 2022. “There will be a theme around retail-investor protection,” CEO Robert Cook said, during a recent webinar hosted by SIFMA. And FINRA will proceed with some existing initiatives as well as launch new efforts in 2022, he told SIFMA President & CEO Kenneth Bentsen, Jr., in a virtual Q&A session. FINRA will also revisit rules and regulations in light of changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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FINRA Weighs Lasting Impact of Remote Work

FINRA is preparing for a “new normal” in which firms will work remotely even after the pandemic passes. For example, FINRA is considering changing how it defines “branch office” and “office of supervisory jurisdiction” for supervision and inspection purposes based on industry feedback. “Many” commenters that responded to a request for feedback on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic urged the regulator to revisit the definitions under FINRA Rule 3110 because firms have shifted to […]

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FINRA Extends Remote Branch Inspections Until End of 2022

FINRA has proposed to extend temporary relief allowing firms to conduct their 2022 branch inspections remotely through year-end. If approved by the SEC, the extension of FINRA Rule 3110.17 would extend COVID-related branch office inspection relief that is now scheduled to end on June 30. “The proposed additional six-month extension would provide further clarity to firms on regulatory requirements and account for the time needed for many firms to carefully assess when and how to […]

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