Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) – Will Your Firm Be Ready To Report?

Broker-dealers are facing the looming December 2019 deadline for the new reporting requirements for the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT).  Many firms put the CAT requirements at the bottom of their “to-do” list since it has been almost seven years since the original SEC Rule 613 was passed.  But the time for implementation is finally here,… 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

Former Chicago Stock Exchange Sales-Marketing Director Joins Oyster Consulting

  Oyster Consulting announced today that Mark O’Connor joins the firm as a Relationship Manager, expanding Oyster’s ability to provide consistent, high-quality compliance, outsourcing and software services to financial services industry clients. Mark O’Connor has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with an extensive track record of managing all aspects of… 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

Regulatory Actions – ICOs and Digital Trading

Regulators in the digital asset space are focusing a significant amount of attention to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and digital asset trading.  Their activities have included addressing the lack of transparency of exchanges that trade digital assets, jurisdictional issues, and the need to consider registration or qualifying for an exemption for ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investments…. READ MORE

What is Digital Mining? – Behind the Distributed Ledger Curtain

What is Digital “Mining?” Blockchain or distributed ledger technology is a shared ledger, duplicated across a network of computers or operators of “nodes” on the network, typically referred to as “Miners”.   Blockchain secures the data using encryption and the decentralized manner of retaining individual records across a wide group of operators of nodes, so that… READ MORE