5 Common Compliance Mistakes

When I was a regulator, we would meet each week to discuss the cases being considered for Enforcement referrals. It was surprising how often the same types of cases would come before us. These were not always headline grabbing, but they were avoidable items that came up over and over again. I thought it might… READ MORE

Former FTB Advisors CCO Joins Oyster Consulting

  Oyster responds to industry need for operations and compliance experts   Nikki Brinkerhoff recently joined Oyster Consulting as an Associate Director, expanding Oyster’s Operations and Compliance practices. The move increases the firm’s ability to help industry members optimize operations and compliance functions, as well as design and implement technology solutions to improve operational excellence, improve… 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

Senior Consultant Bob Tuch Publishes Senior Safe Act Article

Oyster Consulting Senior Consultant Bob Tuch recently contributed his article, “Protection of Seniors from Financial Exploitation – Congress Enacts the Senior Safe Act” to Practical Compliance & Risk Management for the Securities Industry, a Wolters Kluwer publication.  The Senior Safe Act provides immunity from liability to covered financial institutions and certain employees and representatives of… READ MORE

FINRA Expands Permissive Registrations

FINRA is expanding its permissive registrations to include all associated persons, including those working solely in a clerical or ministerial capacity.  Previously, firms were only allowed to register or maintain the registrations of certain types of job functions (e.g., technology department employees). These changes take effect October 1, 2018. Registered individuals will be subject to… READ MORE

FINRA Streamlines Representative Qualification Exams

FINRA is restructuring its Representative level qualification exams (e.g., Series 7 and 79) to eliminate the redundancies that currently exist in the examination process. Beginning October 1, 2018, new representatives will need to take a new exam, the Security Industry Essentials (SIE) exam.  In addition, new representatives will need to take a top-off exam in… READ MORE

New FINRA Registration Categories Effective October 1st

In addition to the changes to its Principal Financial Officer and Principal Operations Officer designations, FINRA is establishing three new registration categories:  Compliance Officer, Investment Banking Principal, and Private Securities Offering Principal. These categories become effective October 1, 2018. All Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) on Schedule A of the Form BD will have the CCO… READ MORE