Reg BI Coming Soon, FINRA Annual Conference Speakers Suggest

Conference panel speakers at the FINRA Annual Conference suggested that the final rule on Regulation Best Interest, or “Reg BI,” may be adopted as early as the week of June 3rd, 2019 (the vote has been scheduled for June 5, 2019). Comments by regulators and others on the panel discussing FINRA’s suitability rule 2111 and… READ MORE

Selecting a Clearing Provider

In our previous blogs we discuss the things you should consider when deciding whether to change clearing platforms. Once you have assessed your needs and determined your firm’s direction around growth, recruiting and technology improvements, it’s time to begin the process of finding the best partner to help achieve your firm’s goals.   Make sure you have projected your business needs far enough into the future (5, 10 or 15… READ MORE

Things to Consider When Selecting a Clearing Partner

Once you complete the preliminary work of analyzing your current business state as described in our previous blog, it’s time to make a decision.  Maybe you have concluded that your current provider will not be able to support your growth plan, or they aren’t engaged in a way that makes financial and operational sense. Regardless,… READ MORE

The Business Case for Evaluating your Clearing Partner

The economic impact to retail broker-dealers of their clearing strategy is larger than ever. Whether deciding between self clearing vs. fully-disclosed, or choosing the best provider when the answer is obvious, a thoughtful analysis and due diligence must be conducted to achieve your best results.  Much is riding on this decision in order to protect your firm… READ MORE

FINRA Notice 19-04 – 529 Share Class Self-Report Initiative

On January 28th, 2019 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 19-04, calling attention to FINRA concerns that firms may have failed to reasonably supervise share class selection in 529 plans.  Specifically,  customers may have  purchased an “inappropriate” share class. FINRA encourages firms to review their controls and determine if any clients were… READ MORE

SEC Exam Priorities – Regulatory Focus in 2019

  The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2019 Examination Priorities on December 20, 2018. While most of the topics are familiar, there are a few new items of note. OCIE has divided its priorities into four categories:     Retail Investors, Including Seniors and Those Saving for Retirement OCIE will… READ MORE