Markets and Trading

SIFMA and SROs Settle on CAT Reporter Agreement

In a surprising announcement, SIFMA and the Self-Regulatory Organizations (SROs) have reached a settlement on the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) Reporter Agreement.  This comes after SIFMA issued a statement last week from Industry Members in support of their accusation of improper SRO action based on Section 19(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Within… READ MORE

New Podcast: SEC Issues Anticipated Exemptive Relief for Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT)

The Consolidated Audit trail (CAT) is moving forward and the SEC has released new exemptive relief dates for parts 2a (Equity reporting) and 2b (Options reporting).  The SEC has also provided exemptive relief for introducing brokers. In this episode, Oyster Consultants Ralph Magee and Jeff Call discuss what firms should be doing around certifications, linkages, testing validation and… READ MORE

New Podcast: The Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) – What You Should Be Doing Now

On March 16, 2020 the SEC announced no-action relief to allow Participants to delay implementation of Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) until May 20, 2020.  This announcement comes as the industry deals with disruptions as a result of COVID-19, and members must make difficult prioritization decisions around staff required to implement CAT. This is an excellent opportunity… READ MORE

CAT Implementation Delayed Due to COVID 19

On March 16, 2020 the SEC announced no-action relief to allow Participants to delay the implementation of Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) until May 20, 2020.  This announcement comes as the industry deals with disruptions as a result of COVID-19, and members have to make difficult prioritization decisions around staff required to implement CAT.  Market volatility… READ MORE

New Podcast: 2020 Exam Priorities Letters – Part 1

In case you’re wondering what the regulators will be focusing on this year, they let you know when they publish their annual Exam Priorities Letters. This week’s episode of Oyster Stew is Part 1 in a series discussing the SEC and FINRA 2020 Exam Priorities Letters.  Oyster Consulting CEO Buddy Doyle, Director Evan Rosser and… READ MORE

FINRA Releases 2020 Exam Priorities Letter

On January 9, 2020, FINRA released its 2020 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter.  While many of the priorities are continuations from previous years and all areas are important, the recent Letter pointed to some new or refined focus areas: Sales Practices Regulation Best Interest:  There are still many firms that have not started the… READ MORE

New CAT FAQs and Reporting Scenarios

On October 8, 2019, Consolidated Audit Trail, LLC and FINRA CAT, LLC added three new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to the master FAQ list on the catnmsplan website. FAQ D26 details reporting requirements related to Order Receipt reporting obligations.  Specifically, the new FAQ provides guidance and clarity on contingent order handling instruction flags. The second… READ MORE