Evolution of the Digital Asset Regulatory Framework for Broker-Dealers

It is a familiar issue. Innovation moves at lightning speed while regulators try to apply existing rules to products and technology never contemplated when the rules were enacted. By the time regulators succeed, the goalposts have moved. It is a frustrating but necessary dance; the industry wants to innovate, and regulators want to protect. This… READ MORE

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NASAA 2020 Annual Conference Discusses Regulatory Initiatives

The 2020 NASAA Annual Conference was held in a virtual format in early September 2020. Items of note discussed during the conference included Regulation BI, an update on the effects of increased social isolation on senior and vulnerable adult clients during the Coronavirus Pandemic, investment advisor model rules, and the creation of a new interface… READ MORE

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Market Access Rule 15c3-5: Still a priority for FINRA

The Market Access Rule (Rule 15c3-5) remains on FINRA’s priority list – they have provided guidance on the rule and initiated enforcement actions against firms struggling to adhere to it. Oyster Consulting often works with clients after regulators have found issues with their Market Access program. It’s in your firm’s best interest to take a proactive look… READ MORE

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New Podcast – CCO Behind the Scenes, Episode 3

Join Oyster Consulting’s Jeffrey Hiller in Episode 3 of his podcast mini-series, CCO – Behind the Scenes. This week, Jeffrey discusses personal compliance violations and what you should do. Being CCO is more than just checking boxes.  Listen and learn in these short discussions as Jeffrey shares his real experiences and lessons learned. Some things you just… READ MORE

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New Podcast: CCO – Behind the Scenes

In Episode 2 of our podcast miniseries “CCO – Behind the Scenes,” Jeffrey Hiller shares his lessons learned from decades in the industry as CCO for multiple global investment firms and as Senior Counsel for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. This week’s topics include repeat violations and when and how to escalate issues successfully. Click… READ MORE

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Decommissioning OATS

Last month FINRA submitted a filing with the SEC outlining their enforcement of CAT regulatory compliance, which included the industry’s goal to retire OATS reporting.  This filing provided additional guidance around FINRA’s plan to ensure the CAT data is complete and accurate before OATS reporting can be fully decommissioned. The Filing states the following data… READ MORE

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“CCO – Behind the Scenes:” The New Oyster Stew Podcast Mini-Series

Join Oyster Consulting’s Jeffrey Hiller in his new podcast mini-series, CCO – Behind the Scenes, as he shares his vast experience as both a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) for several global investment firms and Senior Counsel for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Jeffrey literally helped write the book on modern regulatory compliance. Being CCO is… READ MORE

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