New Podcast: Understanding Risk-Based Regulatory Exams

For registered financial services firms, regulatory exams in the past have instilled the gamut of emotions from annoyance to anxiety, to outright fear. Fortunately, much of this could be mitigated with a better understanding of the exam process, the necessity for robust risk assessments, and by nurturing the firm’s relationship with it’s regulatory contact. This… READ MORE

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Protect Your Profits through Compliance, Communication and Education

When it comes to compliance, your revenue stream is only as strong as your regulatory and client relationships.  Making a million in revenue means very little if you pay a $500,000 fine.  How do you protect that revenue? Compliance: Follow the rules and regulations and watch closely to ensure your employees do the same. A… READ MORE

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Former FINRA Regulator and Innovator Joins Oyster Consulting

Financial Services consulting firm expands Governance, Risk and Compliance team Oyster Consulting welcomes Ed Wegener to the firm as a Managing Director with the Governance, Risk and Compliance team. Ed brings a deep knowledge of compliance, risk management and supervisory controls requirements and best practices for broker-dealers and alternative trading systems.  His vast experience as… READ MORE

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Former Pershing Managing Director Joins Oyster Consulting

Financial Services consulting firm expands strategic consulting talent   Oyster welcomes Jim Roth to the firm as a Managing Director of our Strategic Planning and Execution team. With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jim’s extensive knowledge of the clearing and custody space, as well as his ability to provide customized… READ MORE

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SEC Says No Delay for Reg BI, Offers Focus Areas for Firms

In a recent public statement, SEC Chair Jay Clayton confirmed that the June 30, 2020 compliance date for Reg BI and the Form CRS requirements will not be postponed. The statement also noted that the SEC has established a new website page to provide educational resources and tools for investors to assist them in reading… READ MORE

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The Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) is Live

Eight years after the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Rule 613, the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) has finally gone live for equity reporting as of Monday, June 22, 2020.  Options reporting will also go live on July 20, 2020. One significant change since the initial adoption of Rule 613 is the speed with which… READ MORE

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CAT Goes Live Part 2: What Should My Firm Be Doing?

  As a continuation of last week’s update on CAT activity, we will dive into more detail regarding a few panel comments regarding upcoming milestones found on the compliance timeline.   As we pointed out last week, it has been a remarkable achievement for the industry to have arrived at the compliance implementation for the… READ MORE

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