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.”
With the rise in new regulations, small firms generally experience some of the greatest challenges evolving their business to meet these new demands. Critical focus areas constantly expand related to cybersecurity, senior investor protection, supervisory controls, succession planning, and human capital. With this in mind, small firms need to ensure that they have a solid foundation in place for their compliance program. But why is it important for small firms especially to perform occasional assessments of their compliance efforts?
Does your firm know who its key outsourced vendors are? Does your firm perform ongoing due diligence that includes an assessment of risks? The answers to both questions may involve a huge undertaking for small firms that have limited resources. Read More…
Reviewing your current mid-year compliance budget plan and adjusting for the rest of the year is important. With COVID-19 taking up a substantial portion of the first half of the year, your vision and budget for 2020 may have drastically changed.
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for many financial service firms. Compliance programs are no exception. Firms are generally responsible for building, testing, and enforcing their compliance programs.
Beginning in 2017, the United States Security and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) initiated a series of examinations aimed at compliance policies and procedures regarding individuals within these firms that had a prior disciplinary history.