Author: Compliance Solutions Strategies

The SEC and FINRA have recently released their examination priorities for 2019. These releases provide insight into regulatory priorities and serve as guidance for a firm in evaluating its compliance program.

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) requirements are expected to be adopted by the European Commission (EC) by Q1 2019. Prior to finalisation, the EC and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) must resolve some differences over the SFTR level 2 Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS), but no further material changes are expected.

Just a couple decades ago, our market infrastructure was dominated by only a handful of securities exchanges. Fast forward to the present day, and there are now 18 national securities exchanges registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Section 6(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), 44 Alternative Trading Systems (ATS) and over 200 brokerdealers that internalize their customers’ trades.

If you were asked to describe a hacker, what image comes to mind? If you’re like most, you are probably picturing unintelligible text flying across a monitor as young men in black hoodies attempt to break into networks, engaging in a very technical dance and speaking in terms the average layperson would not understand.

All too often, we hear how another elderly investor was taken advantage of by some type of fraudster. Even more frequently, we receive queries from registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) asking what they can do about an elderly client they feel is being financially abused by a caregiver or who is suffering from diminished capacity challenges.