Digital Assets – Where Are We Now?

Last week, JP Morgan announced the launch of “JPM Coin.”  We thought it would be good to recap our posts over the past year on the topic of cryptocurrencies and coin offerings and update you on the current state of this market.   As 2018 began, the market capitalization for cryptocurrencies and other digital assets had reportedly exceeded… READ MORE

Cryptocurrencies Could Change Product Purchasing, Trading and Tracking

Cryptocurrency and the distributed ledger technology behind many of these “coins” or “tokens” have the potential to completely change the way securities are created, distributed, and traded. They also hold the potential to change how purchases are made and assets are tracked. As with any significant leap that our industry takes, opportunities must be balanced… READ MORE

Share Class Selection – Time is Short to Review Fees and Disclosures

On April 12, the SEC announced its Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (SCSD Initiative). Under the SCSD Initiative, “the Enforcement Division will recommend standardized, favorable settlement terms to investment advisers that self-report that they failed to disclose conflicts of interest associated with the receipt of 12b-1 fees by the adviser, its affiliates, or its supervised… READ MORE

FINRA Begins Sweep on Order Routing, Inducements, and Conflicts of Interest

Just a few weeks ago, FINRA sent targeted examination letters to a select group of firms requesting information as part of a review of how firms handle the conflicts of interest related to payments or other inducements for order routing. These letters are coming from the Trading & Financial Compliance Examinations (TFCE) section in Market… READ MORE

Stop Waiting – The DOL Fiduciary Rule Implementation is June 9th

Memorial Day weekend will feel more like Labor Day Weekend for firms who have been taking a “wait and see” approach to the DOL Fiduciary Rule. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta confirmed last night that the DOL Fiduciary Rule will not be delayed beyond June 9th.  While CCOs who have created, implemented and trained the field… READ MORE