SEC Adopts Reg BI

The SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Additional Rules and Interpretations that Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals Regulation Best Interest On June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted a new rule, referred to as Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”), that establishes an express best interest obligation applicable to broker-dealers (“BDs”) when… READ MORE

Reg BI Coming Soon, FINRA Annual Conference Speakers Suggest

Conference panel speakers at the FINRA Annual Conference suggested that the final rule on Regulation Best Interest, or “Reg BI,” may be adopted as early as the week of June 3rd, 2019 (the vote has been scheduled for June 5, 2019). Comments by regulators and others on the panel discussing FINRA’s suitability rule 2111 and… READ MORE

Reg BI Article Published by Oyster Director Evan Rosser

In April 2018, the SEC presented its long awaited rule proposal Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”) as a three-part regulatory package aimed at reforming the way that investment professionals serve retail investors. If enacted as proposed, Reg BI would impose upon broker-dealers an obligation to act in a retail customer’s “best interest” when recommending securities… READ MORE

SEC Fiduciary Standards Update

The SEC Proposes Rules and Interpretations to Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) has been considering issues relating to retail investor relationships with investment professionals for several years.  A study was undertaken following passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, resulting in certain recommendations in a 2011 report.  However,… READ MORE

Municipal Advisors Warned About Compliance Obligations

On November 7, 2017 the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert announcing it had conducted 110 exams of municipal advisors.  The examinations evaluated compliance with regulatory obligations including registration, statutory fiduciary standard of care, fair dealing, record keeping, and supervision. The staff observed that municipal advisors were “generally unfamiliar… READ MORE

Are You Ready for June 9th and the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed to delay the applicability date of its fiduciary rule by 60 days.  The new compliance date and the beginning of the transition period under the proposed delay is June 9th. Even with a delay, numerous questions remain and nobody knows for sure what June 9th will bring…. READ MORE