FINRA Notice 19-04 – 529 Share Class Self-Report Initiative

On January 28th, 2019 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 19-04, calling attention to FINRA concerns that firms may have failed to reasonably supervise share class selection in 529 plans.  Specifically,  customers may have  purchased an “inappropriate” share class. FINRA encourages firms to review their controls and determine if any clients were… READ MORE

Share Class Selection – Time is Short to Review Fees and Disclosures

On April 12, the SEC announced its Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative (SCSD Initiative). Under the SCSD Initiative, “the Enforcement Division will recommend standardized, favorable settlement terms to investment advisers that self-report that they failed to disclose conflicts of interest associated with the receipt of 12b-1 fees by the adviser, its affiliates, or its supervised… READ MORE

Oyster Publishes SEC Exam Priorities White Paper

Oyster Consulting’s recent white paper SEC 2017 Exam Priorities White Paper (February, 2017) offers compliance professionals items to take into consideration for each topic addressed in the letter. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these topics, please contact us.  Our consultants are experts in these areas and have the experience and perspective… READ MORE

SEC Publishes 2017 Annual Exam Priorities Letter

Last week, the SEC published its National Examination Priorities for 2017 letter. And while we are all waiting for more clues as to how the new administration will impact regulation, these priorities can be used today as a list of items to review internally. So take a look at your risk assessments, policies and procedures,… READ MORE