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Tag Archives: Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

FINRA Knows Best – At Least According To FINRA – When It Comes To Hiring Decisions

Posted in FINRA, Hiring practices, Rule 1017
I don’t know how many times I’ve written about FINRA’s efforts over the years to address “rogue brokers,” or what it refers to nowadays more politically correctly as “high-risk brokers.” It doesn’t really matter what blog post you read, or when I wrote it, as they all tell essentially the same story:  FINRA is just… Continue Reading

FINRA’S 2018 Exam Priorities Reflect Business As Usual

Posted in Annual Report, Cybersecurity, Disclosure, FINRA, Outside business activities
I would imagine that the point of FINRA releasing its list of exam priorities each year is to help firms who are actually going to be examined, by providing a glimpse into FINRA’s playbook so they can address, proactively, the issues they know FINRA will focus on. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, right? … Continue Reading

FINRA Releases Its 2017 Exam Priorities: No More “Culture Of Compliance” References, Plus The List Of Usual Suspects

Posted in Compliance, Culture, FINRA, Senior Investors
In the blog I posted yesterday, I discussed a late Xmas present that the 10th Circuit gave everyone who is subject to the SEC’s jurisdiction.  Today, let’s talk about FINRA’s New Year’s gift to its member firms: the annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which was released this week.  As is typically the case with… Continue Reading

FINRA Merely Wants To Understand Your Firm’s “Culture” (And I Have A Bridge To Sell You)

Posted in Compliance, Conflict of Interest, Culture, Examination, Fiduciary Standard, FINRA
By now you have probably read FINRA’s recent “Targeted Exam Letter” entitled “Establishing, Communicating and Implementing Cultural Values.”  In case you haven’t, it is clear that FINRA is following up on the promise it made in January in the 2016 Regulatory & Examination Priorities Letter to “formalize [its] assessment of firm culture while continuing [its]… Continue Reading

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (An SEC Exam)

Posted in Annual Report, Examination, SEC
Tis the season for announcing the year’s top examination priorities. This week, the SEC released its own examination priorities. Top priorities include: liquidity controls; public pension advisers; product promotion; exchange-traded funds; and variable annuities. Thematically, the SEC’s priorities adhere to its larger objectives: protecting retail investors (especially retirement savings); assessing market-wide risks; and utilizing data analytics… Continue Reading

FINRA’s 2016 Examination Priorities Letter: Focus On “Firm Culture”

Posted in Compliance, Expungement, FINRA, Senior Investors, Suitability, Supervision
Yesterday, FINRA released its annual Examination Priorities Letter in which it set forth the top issues that would guide its examinations in the coming year. Running 13 pages in length (while complaining about having to be so “brief”), FINRA set forth some of the “many areas of potential concern” it expects to encounter this year.… Continue Reading

SEC Supports Creating a Uniform Fiduciary Standard; But is FINRA Already Enforcing It?

Posted in Fiduciary Standard, FINRA, SEC
SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently announced her support of a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and investment advisers, ending any remaining speculation as to her views on the subject. The announcement kicked of a whirlwind of speculation in the industry – What would the new standard look like? When would we see it? Will… Continue Reading
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