New Podcast: SEC Issues Anticipated Exemptive Relief for Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT)

The Consolidated Audit trail (CAT) is moving forward and the SEC has released new exemptive relief dates for parts 2a (Equity reporting) and 2b (Options reporting).  The SEC has also provided exemptive relief for introducing brokers. In this episode, Oyster Consultants Ralph Magee and Jeff Call discuss what firms should be doing around certifications, linkages, testing validation and… 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: The Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) – What You Should Be Doing Now

On March 16, 2020 the SEC announced no-action relief to allow Participants to delay implementation of Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) until May 20, 2020.  This announcement comes as the industry deals with disruptions as a result of COVID-19, and members must make difficult prioritization decisions around staff required to implement CAT. This is an excellent opportunity… 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

CAT Testing – Don’t Lose Sight of Large Trader ID (LTID) and Phase 2c Deadlines

Many broker-dealers are in the process of preparing for access to the CAT reporting environment.  They are making sure data transmission lines are implemented and functioning correctly, evaluating data requirements and ensuring which data will be produced by which technology provider (where appropriate), and performing linkage testing to clarify ALL of their trade flow to ensure all… READ MORE

New CAT FAQs and Reporting Scenarios

On October 8, 2019, Consolidated Audit Trail, LLC and FINRA CAT, LLC added three new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to the master FAQ list on the catnmsplan website. FAQ D26 details reporting requirements related to Order Receipt reporting obligations.  Specifically, the new FAQ provides guidance and clarity on contingent order handling instruction flags. The second… 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