New Podcast Episode: Reg BI – What’s Required in Form CRS

As you work to complete your Form ADV, completing the Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) Form CRS should also be on your list of things to do.  In this week’s episode of Oyster Stew, Oyster Senior Consultant Bob Tuch and Oyster Solutions Managing Director Polly Cordle discuss what’s required and how Oyster Solutions is helping… READ MORE

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Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) January 2020 Update

The first implementation phase of CAT reporting is fast approaching.   Industry members will begin reporting equity transactions in Phase 2a on April 20th and Options transactions in Phase 2b on May 18th. The initial reporting requirements are relatively straightforward and limited to syntax validation designed to meet the published FINRA Technical Specification.  The planned phased… READ MORE

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New Podcast: The NIST Privacy Framework

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technologies) published in January 2020 its Privacy Framework, “a voluntary tool developed in collaboration with stakeholders intended to help organizations identify and manage privacy risk to build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy.”  In this week’s Oyster Stew podcast, Oyster Consultant Tim Buckler explains what the Privacy… READ MORE

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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

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SIFMA Regulation Best Interest Vendor Forum – Where Are We Now? (161 days to Implementation!)

Last week, SIFMA hosted a sold-out Reg BI Vendor Forum at its New York Conference Center and Oyster’s consultants attended to receive the most up-to-date information on how our competitors are handling the challenges and client concerns.  This was not a conference where regulators explain their expectations, but industry professionals and vendors discussed dealing with… READ MORE

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New Podcast Episode: Oyster Solutions Software – Making Your Annual Compliance Calendar and Review More Efficient

  In this week’s episode of Oyster Stew, Managing Director Polly Cordle and Consultant Gray Houghton share how Oyster Solutions Software can make managing your compliance calendar and Annual Review processes easier and more efficient using workflows and automated reporting. Oyster Solutions is one “solution” for many systems:  A system to track various workflows and… READ MORE

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2020 SEC Examination Priorities Released

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (OCIE) released their 2020 Examination Priorities Letter on January 7, 2020.   While every area is important, when you read this in context of prior releases, most of the priorities are the same; however, there are some evolving priorities as well. Regulation Best… READ MORE

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