Compliance & Regulatory Updates

SEC Adopts Reg BI

The SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Additional Rules and Interpretations that Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals Regulation Best Interest On June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted a new rule, referred to as Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”), that establishes an express best interest obligation applicable to broker-dealers (“BDs”) when… READ MORE

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

FINRA Seeks Feedback on Business Continuity Plans

FINRA is currently seeking feedback on its Business Continuity Rule, including if firms have activated their business continuity plans and whether the costs of creating, maintaining or updating such a plan outweigh the benefits.  Feedback is due April 26, 2019. What makes an effective Business Continuity Plan? An effective plan can create loyal customers by… READ MORE

FINRA Issues FOCUS Report Guidance – Operating Lease Reporting

On March 19, 2019 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 19-08, providing guidance on reporting operating lease assets and liabilities on their Focus reports. Background On October 23, 2018, the SEC issued a no action relief letter (the Letter) stating that, absent relief, the right-to-use asset would be a non-allowable asset in… READ MORE

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

Should You Be Thinking about Your Clearing Platform?

Constantly changing market factors, evolving regulations, and advancements in technology have resulted in competitive challenges that are causing forward-thinking firms to determine the appropriate process, technology, financial and strategic investments to stay ahead or even just keep up. In a rapidly changing environment, the analysis to decide if it’s best to invest in your current platform or consider a different path should not be ignored or pushed too far into the future. One of… READ MORE

Former FTB Advisors CCO Joins Oyster Consulting

  Oyster responds to industry need for operations and compliance experts   Nikki Brinkerhoff recently joined Oyster Consulting as an Associate Director, expanding Oyster’s Operations and Compliance practices. The move increases the firm’s ability to help industry members optimize operations and compliance functions, as well as design and implement technology solutions to improve operational excellence, improve… READ MORE