Complete reliance on third-party outsourcing may negatively impact your compliance program. Other firms’ mistakes can serve as valuable cautionary tales to guide your decision-making process when establishing and maintaining relationships with third-party vendors.
The June 30th compliance deadline for Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS is quickly approaching. It presents new compliance requirements for broker-dealers and investment advisers engaging in a retail business.
FINRA publishes a monthly review of disciplinary actions taken against both firms and individuals. These disciplinary actions are useful tools to look for trends in violations and other sanctions. These trends can assist you in identifying weak areas in your firm’s compliance programs or surveillance. Below is a list of a few key actions from last month.
Failure to timely update information on individual Form U4 disclosure may lead to potential fines and suspensions for a Registered Person. This is especially the case if the act was done intentionally.
The Monthly Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions report from January may provide a glimpse into the conduct by Firms and individuals that result in disciplinary proceedings. For Firms, a failure to evolve a program can be costly. For individuals, failure to disclose despite Firm-acknowledged requests may result in FINRA sanctions.
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.
In August 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) adopted amendments to eliminate, integrate, update, or modify certain disclosure requirements that the Commission has deemed to have become duplicative, overlapping, or outdated in light of other SEC disclosure requirements, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”), or changes in the information environment. The amendments are intended to aid the disclosure of information to investors and to simplify compliance without significantly altering the total mix of information provided to investors.
In August 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it has adopted amendments to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), in an effort to enhance transparency in the municipal securities market. The SEC has stated that the commission believes the amendments will provide Read more about SEC Adopts Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Improve Municipal Securities Disclosure[…]
As I’m sure you already know from reading our previous blogs on the subject, FINRA Rule 3110(e) (Responsibility of Member to Investigate Applicants for Registration) requires that member firms must “ascertain by investigation the good character, business reputation, qualifications, and experience of an applicant” prior to submitting a Form U4 and requesting to associate and register such an applicant with the firm. However, as recently announced, FINRA has made enhancements to its disclosure review process that will make this verification easier than ever. Such enhancements will allow member firms to rely upon FINRA’s verification process for purposes of compliance with the requirement to conduct a search of public records relating to bankruptcies, judgments and liens.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced revisions to the ADV Part 1. These changes will affect most Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) when they complete their annual amendment; however, RIAs may be prompted to address additional questions if a firm submits an amendment on or after October 1st.