The SEC’s Office of Compliance and Inspections (“OCIE”), recently, issued an alert—more like a shot across the bow—to BDs and RIAs regarding its concerns over activities in the industry concerning the challenges encountered by COVID-19.  See https://www.sec.gov/files/Risk%20Alert%20-%20COVID-19%20Compliance.pdf.  As part of its efforts, OCIE made certain recommendations concerning: (1) investor asset protection; (2) personnel supervision; (3)

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has had a very active summer regulating the securities industry. Yes, you heard it right, the DOL has made certain pronouncements that have considerable effect on the securities industry.

Initially, the DOL allowed 401(k) plans to invest in private equity funds so long as they are managed by

That is the question that the SEC has essentially posed for registered investment advisers in a National Exam Program Risk Alert. In doing so, the SEC has stated that it will be “examining compliance oversight and controls of registered investment advisers that have employed or employ individuals with a history of disciplinary events . .

Core ValuesThe SEC recently commenced an enforcement action against an investment advisory firm and its principal in connection with the failure to disclose material conflicts of interest in connection with new mutual funds that the firm recently created and managed. The SEC is seeking disgorgement and an injunction against the firm and its principal.

Clients of

Those famous words of the immortal Yogi Berra hold true when it comes to the SEC exam priorities for 2016. Among those at the top of the list are two familiar friends; protecting retail investors and investors saving for retirement.

It is clear that the SEC is looking in particular toward how retail firms are

Ernie Badway and I have prepared a series of podcasts dealing with the relationships between broker-dealer, investment advisors and their customers.  BoardHere is the third part of that series focused on risk avoidance techniques.  Here is the link: https://soundcloud.com/fox-rothschild-llp/securities-best-practices.

Ernie Badway and I have prepared a series of podcasts that highlights client-issues and risk avoidance techniques for broker-dealers and investment advisors.  We hope you’ll take a listen.

 

The SEC and FINRA have made it very clear that they are focused on senior customers and elder abuse. Granted, firms must be focused on the elder customers, but, at the same time, must also focus on the fact that many advisors are included in the graying generation.

What are firms to do about that?

In a recent blog, Michael Volkov noted five ingredients to ensure a culture of compliance. Why should you care? It is quite simple, firms that do not promote a culture of compliance are bound to find themselves face to face with their regulator, and not at a holiday party sharing cocktail weenies.

So what are

As recently reported in the Investment News, the North American Securities Administration Association (NASSA) reported on the results of state coordinated examinations. The relative good news was that there were 30% fewer deficiencies from 2013 to 2015.

These examinations revealed, however, five areas of particular concern for state based investment advisors. These issues are:money and calculator

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