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

What makes a strong FINOP?

FINRA requires all broker-dealers to designate a Principal Financial Officer (PFO), Principal Operations Officer (POO) and a Financial and Operations Principal (FINOP). Each of these positions must have passed the appropriate licensing exam to be registered as a Financial and Operations Principal (Series 27 or 28), depending on the broker-dealer’s business. In small firms, these… READ MORE

FINRA Issues FOCUS Report Guidance – Operating Lease Reporting

On March 19, 2019 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 19-08, providing guidance on reporting operating lease assets and liabilities on their Focus reports. Background On October 23, 2018, the SEC issued a no action relief letter (the Letter) stating that, absent relief, the right-to-use asset would be a non-allowable asset in… READ MORE

Act Now – FINOP Changes Required October 1

FINRA is changing its registration requirements for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs).  The new registration rules take effect October 1, 2018. It is more than just a title change.  The requirement for certain firms to have a CFO/COO (requiring Series 27/28 licensing) is being applied to ALL firms, and the registration… READ MORE

FINRA Registration Reset

Last October, the SEC approved sweeping, new FINRA registration rules that consolidated and restricted existing NASD and NYSE registration rules.  The rules affected are FINRA Rules 1210, 1220, 1230, and 1240. The rules are effective October 1, 2018.  Over the next few weeks, Oyster will post blogs on the following topics to help you understand… READ MORE