Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Examinations (the “Division”) released its 2021 examination priorities. The priorities reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how it has increased risks related to cybersecurity; a new focus on climate change; and appear to recognize concerns raised by the recent trading in GameStop stock.
Impact of COVID-19
The onset of the work-from-home environment arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, has, among other things, increased the SEC’s concerns about “endpoint security, data loss, remote ...
The recently issued 2021 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (the “Report”) replaces, and combines, two previously published FINRA reports – The Report on Examination Findings and Observations as well as the Risk Monitoring and Examination Program Priorities Letter. The Report addresses key regulatory topics in four categories: (1) Firm Operations; (2) Communications and Sales Practices; (3) Market Integrity; and (4) Financial Management. In particular, FINRA identified the following issues that impact many member firms.
Regulation Best ...
Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert to provide broker-dealers with guidance on examinations regarding regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”). Reg BI requires that when broker-dealers make a recommendation regarding securities to a retail customer it must act in the best interest of the customer, without placing its own financial or other interest ahead of the retail customer’s interest. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) also ...
Broker-dealers (“BDs”) should be aware that, on June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted “Regulation Best Interest” (“Reg BI”), which requires BDs and their registered representatives (“RRs”) to “act in the best interest of the retail customer,” when “making a recommendation” regarding “a securities transaction or investment strategy.” In addition, the SEC’s new rules require BDs to deliver Form CRS relationship summaries (“Form CRS”) to retail customers. BDs will need to be in compliance with Reg BI and Form CRS, which were accompanied by more than ...
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