Most securities regulations, by design, create a gray world where compliance is not crystal-clear, but, rather, subject to interpretation.  After all, what you think constitutes “reasonable” supervision and what FINRA or the SEC think is reasonable may very well be two extremely different things.  Indeed, it is the existence of subjective standards of conduct like

My friend and former colleague, Brian Rubin, publishes annually his analysis of FINRA Enforcement cases, spotting trends in terms of the number and types of matters it brings, the sanctions meted out, etc.  It is an excellent tool, and eagerly anticipated by lots of us who practice in this industry.  One of the hard parts

Thanks to Heidi for today’s post. – Alan

Today, the SEC put out its 2021 Exam Priorities, available here.   It is about 40 pages long and covers a lot of topics.  While I encourage everyone to read through the document, here are the primary focus items for 2021:

Overarching Themes / Focal Points:

  • Regulation

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Since you’re all just sitting home with plenty of time on your hands, it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy this post from my colleague Denise Fesdjian, about the SEC’s new marketing rule for RIAs. – Alan

“The SEC score(s) one for the digital age.” These are the words of SEC Commissioner

On October 26, the SEC hosted a roundtable discussion during which the SEC and FINRA shared some of their observations about how firms are doing implementing Regulation Best Interest.  If you missed the live presentation, it was recorded and is available here.

The discussion covered a lot of topics and, in some instances, simply

Having completed my Enforcement hearing conducted by Zoom – more about that in an upcoming post – I can finally turn my attention back to some matters that arose while I was busy.

One that stood out for the sheer (and frightening) universality of its lesson is an SEC settlement entered into by Jonestrading Institutional