As mentioned last week FINRA has issued Notice to Members 20-08. Here are a few of the issues that it addresses. In Notice to Members 20-08 FINRA has granted relief to member firms as they try to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly is the ability to set up remote offices without having to make […]
As I wrote earlier this week, follow your regulators during this time of the coronavirus. FINRA has issued this notice. Regulatory Notice 20-08.
Now is the time to pull out your Business Continuity Plan and read it. You need to make sure that all of the information is accurate. Have you changed the location of your offsite location? Have you changed the policy on people working from home? Is your communication tree up to date? If you do […]
On June 5, 2019, the SEC on a 3 to 1 vote approved Regulation Best Interest. This regulation is the SEC’s attempt to align broker-dealers with the fiduciary rule that governs investment advisers. It has been a long-held belief that broker-dealers have internal conflicts because they sell products that are packaged by affiliates and sell […]
Lately I have gotten a number of questions about raising capital for small companies. It usually starts with a question about someone who has good connections and believes that she can raise money for the company but wants to receive some type of compensation.
In October of 2016, the SEC approved FINRA rules allowing for the registration of limited purpose broker-dealers, called capital acquisition brokers or CABs (see my blog post on November 1, 2016). This set of rules came about from a No-Action letter issued the year before that granted a no-action position for a very limited exemption […]
When I started my blog I had a vision of a dialogue among professionals engaged in the securities industry. But at that time I was more of a lawyer than an entrepreneur. Lawyers believe that everyone wants to understand the smallest detail about a law. What I have found is that clients and prospective clients […]
While we were off enjoying the 4th of July in the middle of the week, FINRA was issuing Regulatory Notice 18-20—Digital Assets. It is short and seemingly rather innocent. But read it closely. A few weeks ago some FINRA members were contacted by their Regulatory Coordinators and asked if they were doing anything with digital […]
The world seems to be in a state of complete chaos. But if you are a Chief Compliance Officer of a broker-dealer or investment adviser you may have noticed that the SEC and FINRA have not let all of the chaos alter their focus. Deregulation has not set in with either body. So for […]
Today February 7, 2018, the SEC released its Examination Priorities for 2018. Their focus this year is the retail investor. Prior areas of focus have been subcategorized under the larger retail market. Those include: electronic investment advice, fixed income execution, mutual funds and ETFs, never examined registered investment advisors, wrap accounts and municipal advisors and […]