FINRA Audit Preparation

FINRA Audit Preparation

For the broker dealer, there are a few things that are certain in life, and one of those happens to be Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) audits. No broker dealer wants to get a FINRA examination call. However, there are multiple ways that a broker dealer can be prepared for their firm’s FINRA exam. The most important thing a broker dealer can have in place is a solid compliance program. This includes but is not limited to: Knowing where your broker dealer’s books and records are stored and how to easily access said files Being able to clearly explain your Read more about FINRA Audit Preparation[…]

Annual Audit Season

Annual Audit Season

When a broker dealer hears the words “annual audit season”, it can feel like the initial effects of hay fever or pollen season hitting you smack in the face. It is not fun. You may break out in sweats, have night terrors, or worse yet, not have a great understanding of the necessity of an annual audit. Two of the most important aspects of annual audit season are as follows: having a great financial bookkeeper and having communicative Financial Operations Principal (FINOP). With these two professionals in your corner, your broker dealer should be able to rest easy during this Read more about Annual Audit Season[…]

Regulators Focus on Reg BI During 2021 Audits

Regulators Focus on Reg BI During 2021 Audits

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a new rule under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that established a standard of conduct for broker-dealers and the natural persons who are associated persons of a broker-dealer. It was established to enhance the broker-dealer’s standard of conduct to retail customers beyond the existing suitability obligation.

This standard of conduct takes critical principles from the underlying fiduciary obligations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The SEC’s focus was regardless of whether a retail investor chooses a broker-dealer or an investment adviser, all retail investors should be entitled to a recommendation (by a broker-dealer) or advice (by an investment adviser) given in the best interest of the retail investor. It is essential to recognize that the term “retail investor” also includes Accredited Investors.

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