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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Variable Annuities – Still Under the Regulatory Microscope

Recent FINRA settlements make clear that regulators continue to see the sales and supervision of variable annuities as a priority, especially when it comes to switches or exchanges between products. Because of their complexity and costs, firms must ensure that recommendations of variable annuities are suitable for (and now in the best interest of) clients,… READ MORE

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New Podcast: Leadership – Connecting the Dots in Today’s Business Environment

Recently, Oyster Consulting industry leaders Buddy Doyle, Bill Davis, Jeffrey Hiller, Jim Roth and Ed Wegener took some time to discuss what firm executives and decision makers should be focusing on in today’s volatile and changing business environment. With their decades of experience in compliance, operations, growth strategies and operations, they provide insight into improving… READ MORE

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Updated Guidance Issued on Exemption Reporting

Recently, the SEC and FINRA issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the exemptive provisions of SEC Rule 15c3-3 and reporting under SEC Rule 17a-5 for monthly and quarterly Focus reports, annual Exemption reports and for updating membership agreements. Who is Affected? The FAQs relate to Non-Covered firms, broker-dealers that do not: meet any of the… READ MORE

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5 Common Compliance Mistakes

When I was a regulator, we would meet each week to discuss the cases being considered for Enforcement referrals. It was surprising how often the same types of cases would come before us. These were not always headline grabbing, but they were avoidable items that came up over and over again. I thought it might… READ MORE

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