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

SEC Examinations that Focus on Compliance with Form CRS Requirements

Form CRS and its related rules (“Form CRS”) require SEC-registered broker-dealers and investment advisers to deliver to retail investors a brief customer or client relationship summary (relationship summary) that provides information about the firm.  The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) has issued a Risk Alert to provide firms with information about the… READ MORE

Reg BI and Form CRS: Compliance Still Expected by June 30, 2020

Reg BI Update – SEC Warns that “firms should continue to make good faith efforts around operational matters to ensure compliance by June 30, 2020”   With so many firms changing how they serve their retail clients during the COVID-19 outbreak, the SEC issued a Public Statement on April 2nd related to Regulation Best Interest… READ MORE

Your Form ADV – Beyond Checking the Box

Additionally, Reg BI requires that firms file Form CRS.  The SEC has said that to answer some parts of Form CRS, you may link to other places where the relevant information resides, and a lot of that information is already in your ADV part 2A brochure.  Even if you don’t take advantage of your new… READ MORE

New Podcast: 2020 Exam Priorities Letters – Part 1

In case you’re wondering what the regulators will be focusing on this year, they let you know when they publish their annual Exam Priorities Letters. This week’s episode of Oyster Stew is Part 1 in a series discussing the SEC and FINRA 2020 Exam Priorities Letters.  Oyster Consulting CEO Buddy Doyle, Director Evan Rosser and… READ MORE

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

SIFMA Regulation Best Interest Vendor Forum

isBy June 30, 2020, registered broker-dealers must comply with Regulation Best Interest; and broker-dealers and investment advisers registered with the SEC must prepare, file, and deliver to retail investors, a new customer relationship summary (Form CRS). To complement SIFMA’s Reg BI Implementation Guide, this event will provide attendees an overview of the implementation considerations, and… READ MORE