New Podcast: Conducting Remote Supervision in Your Transitioning Workplace

Regulators expect both offsite and onsite monitoring of offices and employees due to the heightened risk inherent in remote arrangements.  The work-at-home orders issued by the States in response to the pandemic have created supervision challenges for firms.  While some consider the present state the “new normal,” no one really knows how and when this… READ MORE

Compliance Procrastinators – With 2020 Compensation Planning Heating Up- Now is the Time to Make Sure Reg BI is Fully Understood

Reg BI has made some decisions very easy. The rule requires firms to “identify and eliminate sales contests, sales quotas, bonuses, and non-cash compensation that are based on the sale of specific securities or specific types of securities within a limited period of time.” With compensation planning for 2020 discussions typically heating up in the fall,… READ MORE

Reg SCI Compliance is a Good Idea for Everyone, Not Just Exchanges

What’s Happening: Remember Regulation SCI? Unless you are an exchange or a systemically important market participant, the answer is “probably not.” You’ve undoubtedly heard of the “Flash Crash” of 2010, or maybe the Nasdaq system problem that messed up the Facebook IPO, or the “glitch” on July 8, 2015 that halted trading on the NYSE…. READ MORE

Variable Annuity Suitability – Are Your Representatives Making Suitable Product Recommendations?

What’s Happening: Variable annuities offer a number of complex features and options, which can be confusing for both investors and the financial professionals who offer them for sale. Among those features and options are fees, expenses and other charges that can vary depending upon how the product is designed. Examples include: sales charges, which may… READ MORE