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

Under Looming CAT Deadlines, Firms Try to Land on Their Feet

Despite the current global health and market difficulties, the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) is still a hot topic in the industry.  The SEC has provided Exemptive Relief through a No Action Letter until May 20, 2020, though the participants have requested additional relief.  This has impacted a few of our customers who have reacted to… READ MORE

New Podcast: 2020 Exam Priorities Letters, Part 2

This week’s episode of Oyster Stew is Part 2 in a series discussing the SEC and FINRA 2020 Exam Priorities Letters.  Oyster Consulting CEO Buddy Doyle, Director Evan Rosser and Consultant Joe Turner talk about Market Integrity, the Market Access Rule, and Best Execution requirements. Future exam priorities podcast topics will include: Technology and Cybersecurity… 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

CAT Connectivity Deadlines – Establish Connectivity Methods and Be Ready for Testing

FINRA CAT, LLC hosted two industry webinars concerning CAT Connectivity on August 29th and September 26th, 2019 which provided a summary of CAT interfaces and connectivity methods.  Three connection methods for file submittal were outlined for Industry Members (IMs). Private Line provided by a Managed Network Service Provider (MNSP) After an industry RFP, CenturyLink was… READ MORE

Former Tradeweb Direct Head of Markets Joins Oyster Consulting

Financial Services consulting firm responds to demand for expertise in Capital Markets, Electronic Fixed Income Trading and Transition Management Michael Segal joins the Oyster Consulting as a Managing Director, expanding Oyster’s ability to provide consistent, high-quality services in trading operations, infrastructure and technology platforms. Michael has a proven track record of successfully establishing and expanding… READ MORE

SEC Exam Priorities – Regulatory Focus in 2019

  The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its 2019 Examination Priorities on December 20, 2018. While most of the topics are familiar, there are a few new items of note. OCIE has divided its priorities into four categories:     Retail Investors, Including Seniors and Those Saving for Retirement OCIE will… READ MORE