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Our Top 5 Blogs of 2020

MasterCompliance continues to provide clients and the public with guidance on industry focus areas, new rules, compliance foundations, and regulatory priorities. This blog explores our top 5 blogs of 2020.

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NASAA’s New Rule on IAR CE

NASAA’s New Rule on IAR CE

The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) recently adopted a new rule that will require Investment Advisor Representatives (“IARs”) to complete 12 credit hours of Continuing Education annually, 6 for IAR Ethics and Professional Responsibility Requirements and 6 for IAR Products and Practice Requirements. This will be the first time IARs have been subject to Continuing Education and as NASAA president Lisa A. Hopkins states, is intended to “promote heightened regulatory compliance while also helping investment adviser representatives better serve their clients by remaining knowledgeable of current regulatory requirements and best practices.”

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Firm Element Advisory Posted

FINRA Rule 1250(b) discusses FINRA’s Firm Element continuing education requirements.  Firm Element continuing education requirements apply to “covered persons”, which is defined as registered persons – including salespeople, traders, sales assistants, investment company shareholder servicing agents, investment bankers, and others who have direct contact with public customers in the conduct of a securities sales, trading, or investment banking business – and their immediate supervisors. The term “customer” in the definition of covered persons includes retail, institutional, and investment banking customers, but does not apply to other broker-dealers. Member firms are required to analyze and evaluate their training needs in light of the firm’s size, organizational structure, scope of business, and types of products and services offered, as well as regulatory developments and the performance of its registered persons pursuant to the Regulatory Element of FINRA Rule 1250(a).

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2016 Broker-Dealer Training Considerations

Annual broker-dealer training should be derived from relevant regulatory and/or industry focus areas. It is important to consider the current “hot topics” and implement appropriate training regarding the areas that would best mitigate risk when performing needs analysis and developing an annual broker-dealer training plan. Read More…