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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RegEd to Exhibit Next-Generation Agency Contracting Solution at 2022 LIMRA Distribution Conference

Xchange Agency Contracting delivers a single solution for all distribution channels, enabling rapid onboarding of agencies and agents to speed time to market RegEd will present its next-generation Xchange Agency Contracting solution at the 2022 LIMRA Distribution Conference for Financial Services. Developed with input from some of the nation’s largest insurance companies, Xchange Agency Contracting significantly reduces the time to contract and appoint producers while providing a streamlined user experience. “To gain competitive advantage in […]

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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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SEC Addresses Compliance Concerns in ESG Risk Alert

The SEC wants investment advisers to strengthen compliance practices related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, which is increasingly popular. “This rapid growth in demand, increasing number of ESG products and services, and lack of standardized and precise ESG definitions present certain risks,” the SEC’s Division of Examinations wrote in a risk alert for ESG investing that examiners released on April 9. “For instance, the variability and imprecision of industry ESG definitions and terms […]

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SEC Issues AML Risk Alert for Compliance Issues Related to Suspicious Activity Monitoring and Reporting at Broker-Dealers

The SEC has warned broker-dealers to watch for compliance issues related to suspicious activity monitoring and reporting. Seeking to improve compliance with federal anti-money laundering (AML) rules and regulations, the Division of Examinations encouraged firms “to review and strengthen their applicable policies, procedures, and internal controls” in an AML risk alert for broker-dealers. “The SEC encourages broker-dealers to strengthen their policies and procedures for identifying and reporting suspicious activity as examiners have seen that many […]

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SEC’s Examination Priorities for 2021 Reflect Continued Concern for Retail Investors

The SEC’s Division of Examinations will continue to emphasize protection for retail investors in the coming year, particularly for seniors and individuals saving for retirement. The Examination Division will evaluate whether registered investment advisers (RIAs) meet standards of conduct and will examine whether firms appropriately mitigate and disclose conflicts, regulators recently announced in releasing the SEC’s Examination Priorities for 2021. Examiners will also probe sales of retail investment products. The priorities are a continuation of […]

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Form CRS: An Overview of the SEC-Mandated Customer Relationship Summary Due June 30, 2020

About Form CRS In June 2019, the SEC adopted requirements (SEC Release 34-86032) for registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, and dual-registrants that do business with retail investors to file Form CRS (customer relationship summary). Form CRS is intended to inform retail investors about: The types of client/customer relationships and services the firm offers; Fees, costs, conflicts of interest, and required standard of conduct associated with those relationships and services; Whether the firm and its financial professionals […]

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